Senator Jack Reed

Published 05/21/2019


U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a West Point graduate and Former Army Ranger, to be Honored at Gaspee Days Parade


WARWICK: The Gaspee Days Committee is pleased to announce the selection of The Honorable Jack Reed as the Parade Mace Bearer.  Rhode Island's 46th United States Senator, Jack Reed, will carry the historical Rhode Island Mace down the parade route on Saturday June 8th beginning at 10 am. 


Born and raised in Cranston, the son of a World War II Navy veteran and a homemaker, Jack Reed graduated from West Point in 1971 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry in the regular Army.  Reed went on to serve in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantry Platoon Leader, a Company Commander, and a Battalion Staff Officer. He eventually joined the faculty at West Point, teaching cadets about economics and international relations as an Associate Professor within the Department of Social Sciences.  He served as a professor at the U.S. Military Academy until August of 1979 when he resigned from active duty as a Captain.  Reed continued serving in the U.S. Army Reserves until June of 1991, when he left the Reserves with the rank of Major.  Over the course of his military career he earned the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Expert Infantry Badge.


The Rhode Island Mace has been carried at the head of the Gaspee Days Parade every year since the first observance of Gaspee Days in June 1966. The Mace has been used in the Inaugural ceremonies for Rhode Island Governors by the High Sheriff of Providence County since Governor Charles D. Kimball was sworn in on January 7, 1902.


The Mace, made of historic fragments of wood, is closely associated with the historical backgrounds of the state and the nation. The eagle on the top of the mace was carried through the Civil War on top of a staff which wore a Union battle flag. Part of the wood was once taken from the much-hated British revenue schooner H.M.S. Gaspee which was burned after being caught on a sand bar off Gaspee Point on the evening of June 9, 1772. Another portion of the wood came from colonial Governor Arthur Fenner's homestead in Cranston; which was built in 1680 and demolished in 1895.


The Gaspee Days Committee
is a civic-minded nonprofit organization that operates many community events in and around Pawtuxet Village, including the famous Gaspee Days Parade each June. These events are all designed to commemorate the burning of the hated British revenue schooner, HMS Gaspee, by Rhode Island patriots in 1772 as America's
'First Blow for Freedom' TM



Media Contact: Erin Flynn,

Parade Chairs: Katelyn Perlini and Andrew Brown,

President: Ryan Giviens,

For information on the Gaspee Days Parade go to