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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…

Field of Flags Honors American Lives Lost in Iraq & Afghanistan

Posted on May 11, 2012

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett¬† The visual impact is daunting. A “Field of Flags” with more than 6,000 American flags, one for each American casualty in Iraq and Afghanistan, is on display at South Congregational Church in East Hartford, Connecticut. Described by organizers as “a silent, patriotic and poignant reminder of the cost of war,” the “Field of Flags” is meant ¬†to not only represent individual casualties but also family and friends impacted by the losses, respect for those who have served and are currently serving in the military and “our hope for peace in the future.” “It takes your breath away,” said Debra Dahms. She and James St. James, both of East Hartford, stopped to pay their respects while they were out…