Tony Teixeira to Lead Fourth of July Celebration
Teixeira was named Chief Marshal on Wednesday evening at the Burnside Building in Bristol.
On Wednesday evening, nearly 100 residents, Fourth of July Committee members, friends and family of Bristol Town Councilor Antonio Teixeira watched as he was named Chief Marshal for 2012.
According to Bristol Fourth of July Committee General Chairman, Dick Devault, the choice in appointment didn't come immediately and took much thought, but when Bristol Town Councilor Antonio Teixeira came to mind, Devault knew he was the right person.
"It was not a problem identifying a worthy person, but rather, who to select from among so many," Devault said.
Devault spoke of Teixeira's accomplishments and milestones in life, highlighting his roots to both Portugal and Bristol. Devault spoke highly of Teixeira's longtime service to the Bristol and Warren education system, moving ahead in command over the years from teacher, to coach to Dean of Students at Mt. Hope High School prior to his retirement in 2009.
When Devault revealed the chief marshal in the crowded room in the Burnside Building, Teixeira, with his wife Jacqueline by his side, began tearing up with emotion.
"I am so ecstatic, humble," Teixeira began, trying to hold his composure as he spoke. "And honored, and privileged to have this honor of Chief Marshal bestowed on me and my family."
Teixeira said he was very surprised to have been asked to be the 2012 Chief Marshal, claiming that he believed the phone call he received from the chairman was a prank call.
"I felt numb and kept repeating myself," he said. "Thank you, thank you, thank you, I am honored, thank you. Thank you. That's what I kept saying. It was like, am I going to say something else?"
But humbled by his appointment, Teixeira showed true appreciation for the faith shown from the community and committee, saying, "as we all know, this is the greatest honor that can be bestowed on any Bristol resident. I am so truly honored."
And now that the announcement has been made public, Teixeira and his wife say they have the weight of secrecy off their shoulders.
"Keeping this a secret until today has been one of the most difficult things [my wife and I] have had to do," Teixeira said. "I promised the Captain I would not break the silence and there were many times we came very close to spilling the beans with our close friends and the family at home. It was very difficult not sharing the exciting news."
Just a few of Teixeira's current ventures include serving as a Bristol Town Councilor and being actively involved in his church, the town's Christmas festival, a public broadcast show known as "Caravela", and much more.
Want to know more about Teixeira? See what General Chairman Devault had to say about him at the appointment on Wednesday night.