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Colchester, CT 2017 Memorial Day Parade

Posted on May 29, 2017

    By Jacqueline Bennett Write-Up & Photos     The Colchester, Connecticut 2017 Memorial Day Parade was dedicated to the town’s former Army National Guard Unit, Company B 143rd Heavy Tank Battalion. Held Sunday, May 28, the parade and accompanying ceremonies were among many across the state and throughout the country. Memorial Day honors those who died in service to the nation. Company B 143rd Heavy Tank Battalion was deployed out of Colchester to Germany during the Korean War, according to the Norwich Bulletin. Parade Marshal Ray Ryan is said to be the last surviving member of that battalion.                                         The parade stepped off…

Let Us Remember on Memorial Day 2016

Posted on May 29, 2016

  By Jacqueline Bennett   Let us remember tomorrow on Memorial Day 2016, and each day, the courageous men and women who gave their lives for American principles and values. From Minutemen to “Doughboys”, to World War II flying aces & GIs, in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan – we live free thanks to those who gave their lives in service to the nation, and those who have served.   As we enjoy this glorious weekend and welcome the coming summer with hotdogs, home baked beans and potato salad, walks on the beach and pick-up softball games, let us pause for a moment to say “Thank You”.   

“Home of the Free Because of the Brave”

Posted on May 27, 2014

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett  Across the country Americans took time yesterday to honor those in the United States Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice. In small towns and big cities people gathered for Memorial Day parades, wreath presentations at cemeteries and monuments, the singing of the ” Star Spangled Banner” and for speeches. From the smallest ceremonies to the biggest the message was the same – remember with gratitude. It was repeated from one town to the next – along with scenes such as  high school bands playing patriotic songs,  police and firefighter color guards, boy scouts and girls scouts, old soldiers riding in cars while their younger counterparts marched, gun salutes and the haunting sound of Taps. Indeed, from town…

Quiet Heroes from Connecticut’s Quiet Corner

Posted on May 23, 2014

Write-Up by Jacqueline Bennett      With the approach of each Memorial Day, I think about how proud my mother and father were of two of  her brothers’ service during World War II – one was a fighter pilot and another was a bomber pilot. Part of what has come to be called “The Greatest Generation”, they were among the young warriors who rose up to save the world from the tyranny of German dictator Adolf Hitler. And they are among those who my brother John calls ‘Quiet Heroes from Connecticut’s Quiet Corner’. My brother is also an United States Air Force veteran and American Legion past post commander. Nicknamed “Bunker”,  United States Air Force Major Oliver E. Generous died in service to…