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“He was the empty seat at Thanksgiving” Wall That Heals-Vietnam Memorial-Honor, Gratitude, Emotion in Manchester, Connecticut

Posted on October 9, 2015

  Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   “He was the empty seat at Thanksgiving, the stocking not hung at Christmas, the sibling missing from the photo, the birthday not celebrated. His death became the before and after in the timeline of our lives.” – Emile Miller   Speaking in a sometimes faltered, tearful voice, Emile Miller, the sister of Pvt Keith Alan Miller, U.S.M.C., shared those poignant words Thursday, October 8 during a Memorial Service to honor  “The Wall That Heals”, a Vietnam Memorial visiting Manchester, Connecticut from Oct. 8-11. One of fourteen young men from Manchester killed during the war in Vietnam, the news of Keith’s death on September 7, 1967 changed their family forever and came when she was just…

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   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.  …

Hand to Heart – Join the Gratitude Campaign to Thank America’s Military

Posted on November 8, 2013

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb A simple touch of the hand to the heart is all it takes to say “thank you from the bottom of my heart.” With the approach of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11 this is a perfect time to join “The Gratitude Campaign” to thank the men and women of America’s military for their service. Founded by Scott Truitt, the campaign uses a modification of sign language for “thank you” originated in France in the 1700s and brought to the American School for the Deaf in the United States in 1816. Realizing awkwardness about approaching a stranger might keep people who wanted to thank the troops from doing so when they crossed paths with service members in places such as…

CT’s First Town WHS Swimmers – First School to Join CT Trees of Honor Team for ING Run

Posted on October 1, 2013

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb It’s another proud first for Windsor,Connecticut! Carrying forth the torch for being first, swimmers for Windsor High School in Connecticut’s First Town, have earned WHS the distinction of being the first school to join the “Run to Honor Their Sacrifice” team in the ING Hartford MARATHON and Half Marathon – slated for Saturday,October 12. Connecticut Trees of Honor has been named a recipient of funds from the ING run. “Our committee is so excited that you are the first school to join our team and we are honored,” Connecticut Trees of Honor Committee Chairperson Sue Martucci wrote in a recent message to the students. In joining the “Run To Honor Their Sacrifice” team, WHS swimmers are being led by Social…

Veterans of Korean War Remind Americans “Freedom Is Not Free” – 60th Anniversary

Posted on July 28, 2013

Commentary & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb For several years now America’s Korean War veterans have been making their presence known, marching in parades across the country with a message – “Freedom Is Not Free”. It is hard to fathom that the Korean War which resulted in 33,686 American deaths,103,234 wounded American service members. 4,759 Americans Missing in Action and 7,140 American Prisoners of War could ever be considered the “Forgotten War”. Nonetheless, that has been the case. Yesterday, on the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Korean War Armistice, the president laid a wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial saying – “Here in America, no war should ever be forgotten, and no veteran should ever be overlooked.” The day also included…

Democrats Right a “Wrong” Done to Windsor, CT Mayor Donald Trinks

Posted on July 19, 2013

 Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb  Democrats took another step July 18 in righting what many say was a wrong done to longtime Windsor, Connecticut Mayor Donald Trinks. At a Thursday night caucus, Windsor Democrats unanimously backed the endorsed slate for the town council- with Trinks on it -to run in the November municipal election. Nonetheless, it was only a few weeks ago that Trinks was blindsided by members of his own party. Despite being what some call the most electable person in this quaint New England hamlet, having garnered the highest number of votes for town council in the last six consecutive town elections, he was left off the recommended slate for the upcoming election by the Windsor Democrat Town Committee’s nominating…