Danielson ceremony salutes the noble and brave

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Danielson - posted Mon., Nov. 12, 2012
(L to r) Joe Higgins, Frank Boyle, Marcel Lussier, Paul Ducat, Tom Weaver, James Benzie and Peter Phaneuf from VFW Post 4908 in East Killingly. Photos by D. Coffey.
(L to r) Joe Higgins, Frank Boyle, Marcel Lussier, Paul Ducat, Tom Weaver, James Benzie and Peter Phaneuf from VFW Post 4908 in East Killingly. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Veterans Day observance at Davis Park in Danielson drew a small but resolute crowd on Nov. 11. Color guards from the Marine Corps League Post 681, VFW Posts 2650 and 4908, and American Legion Post 21 stood at attention opposite the World War II memorial, while Windham County Marine Corps Commandant Philip Young addressed the crowd.

Pastor Susan Feurzeig opened with a prayer. “We ask for a blessing on all those who have served,” she said, “and we pray for all those in harm's way.” A moment of silence followed in remembrance of those veterans who never came home, and those who have passed away.

Marcel Lussier spoke briefly about the men and women who left family and friends, gave up normal lives in order to fight for peace and freedom. “Let us here salute the noble and the brave,” he said.

State Rep. Mae Flexer (D-44) read the poem, “Heroes Die for Me,” by Jamie Burns. The Killingly High School Marching Band performed the national anthem and trumpeters Hollis Smith and Brian Kilpatrick closed out the ceremony with “Taps.”

Brooklyn resident Pat Jennings was there for her brother, Richard Taverney, who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. “He's not with us anymore,” she said. “My dad fought in Korea. My cousin is in the Marines. I'm proud to represent my brother. I'm very proud.”

 


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