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Rain Does Not Deter Unveiling of CT Trees of Honor Plaques for Gold Star Families

Posted on October 13, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Amidst steady, sometimes heavy rain, Gold Star Families and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman were honored guests Saturday, October 11, at the private unveiling of personalized plaques to memorialize Connecticut’s fallen in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “These are tears falling, coming down right now,” Wyman said about the raindrops during a moving ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Middletown, Connecticut. Wyman not only offered words of praise to the fallen heroes and solace to those they left behind, but also her seat to a Gold Star Mother as the group gathered under a canopy to take cover from the rain. Sue Martucci, CTHM president, gave a special thank you to Middletown Mayor Dan Drew.  …

Hero Trees To Be Planted for CTHM – Help Still Needed for Project

Posted on July 8, 2014

Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   “Hero trees” are scheduled to be planted this month for the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial making July, 2014 an extraordinary month for a project that took shape with a few women sitting around a table talking. Currently under construction in Middletown, CT, the memorial will honor the state’s fallen military from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as, all veterans. “What is truly amazing is that this project is underway with incredible volunteers and all our equipment is being donated to us,” Sue Martucci, CTHM President, wrote in a recent newsletter. Nonetheless, help is still needed to make this dream a reality and honor Connecticut’s fallen. Martucci is looking for a company that…

Malloy, Wyman, Blumenthal Join Groundbreaking for CT Trees of Honor Memorial

Posted on April 18, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb The state’s top officials turned out April 17 to break ground for the CT Trees of Honor Memorial in Middletown, Connecticut that will honor the state’s 65 fallen in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Shovels in hand, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, and United States Senator Richard Blumenthal joined Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew and members of the CTHM Committee for the afternoon ceremony in Middletown’s Veterans Memorial Park, where construction of the memorial will get underway in May. “What we are marking here today is a very different type of memorial, a memorial for the lives of those who have fallen,” said Malloy. Inspired by one citizen’s desire to make sure their sacrifices are…