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New England Patriot Darius Fleming Selfless & Brave Action Reflects Often Unsung Humanity

Posted on January 21, 2016

    Commentary By Jacqueline Bennett   In these turbulent times it can be hard to see the light. Still courage and character prevail in everyday acts – some known, many unknown.   Little did we know at the time, that 26-year-old New England Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming, played against Kansas City on January 16 with twenty-two stitches in his leg. It turns out, according to ESPN, Fleming’s leg was cut while he was driving home from practice when he rescued a woman involved in a car accident on Route 1. Fleming kicked in the passenger window. Here is a young man in his prime playing for a storied team, with a promising NFL career ahead, yet he acted without concern for getting…

Connecticut Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance “No Matter How Long It May Take Us” FDR

Posted on December 7, 2015

By: Jacqueline Bennett   Seventy-four years have passed since on this day in 1941 at 10:55 a.m., the United States was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to ask Congress to declare war on Japan and brought the U.S. into World War II. Everyday life in the U.S. was changed putting Americans on constant alert. Individual families were affected. Not only the families of the more than 2,000 who died there but, as well, families of the young men and women who signed on for the fight. That includes my own family, as I have written about previously in a newsandviewsjb piece titled “Quiet Heroes From Connecticut’s Quiet Corner” . There are…

Phase Two of CT Trees of Honor Memorial Gets Underway in Spring 2015

Posted on February 15, 2015

Write-up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett   Look for new road signs along major highways and local streets in the near future directing visitors to the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial in Middletown, Connecticut, if CTTH committee members are successful in their appeals to city officials and state representatives. The sign initiative comes as Phase Two of the CTTH Memorial is slated to get underway this coming spring, with a focus on construction of an entrance plaza and flag ceremonial area.   “Our committee members are most eager and busy planning for spring construction of Phase Two of the Memorial,” Committee Chairman Sue Martucci wrote in the Feb/March CTTH newsletter.   Construction will be done under the guidance of construction advisor Brian Kronenberger.   Martucci noted too that evergreen wreaths were placed…

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…

Courageous Paralympian Wows “Dancing With The Stars” Audience

Posted on March 19, 2014

Commentary by:Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Stories about triumph of the human spirit never cease to amaze me. A performance by double amputee Amy Purdy on Monday night’s 2014 season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” wowed the audience, and was courageous. Without prior knowledge that Purdy was dancing on two prosthetic legs, one would not have had a clue from the way she moved and swayed with dancing pro partner Derek Hough during a routine that earned the team a standing ovation and is sure to inspire others with disabilities. Purdy’s willingness to put herself front and center and dance on television in front of millions of viewers was an astounding act of personal strength. It comes on the heels of her winning a bronze…