To the Editor:
The weather was frightful and it was very cold, but that didn’t stop Milford’s Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) from honoring the fallen veterans of Milford on Saturday, Dec. 14. The date is noteworthy because it was the anniversary of the Newtown massacre of 26 school children and teachers.
I salute the ladies of Milford’s DAR for the homage and respect they have paid Milford’s fallen veterans. For the past 22 years they have observed the Wreaths Across America tribute, an annual national honor that pays respects to our valiant veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice for their courageous service to our country.
I also applaud the more than 50 attending patriotic citizens who braved the weather and honored our deceased veterans. Individual wreaths were also presented honoring the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine.
Special appreciation is also rendered to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal – a true veteran-friendly and stalwart supporter – who drove all the way from Greenwich to stand in the cold to make poignant and patriotic remarks about our fallen heroes.
It is also noteworthy to mention the disabled veterans who presented the colors and laid the wreaths together with the young boys that honored our fallen heroes.
Conspicuously absent from the devotional ceremony was Mayor Blake, who was supposed to make some remarks and State Senator Slossberg who is a deputy chairperson of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Veteran Affairs Committee. Also absent were Milford’s other State Representatives.
Perhaps the snowy weather and cold may have played a factor in their no-show.
The patriotic DAR-sponsored ceremony was even more moving to me because I recently laid to rest my beloved brother, Thomas A. Viscount, who served in the United States Marine corp as a medical corpsmen on the war-ravaged beaches of Tinian, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinowa in the Central Pacific campaigns of WWII.
Thank you Milford Daughters of the American Revolution for your deeply reverent ceremony to our fallen veterans.
Joe Viscount Jr.
DAV/ Post 7788