DeLauro honors Milford vets

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro  with VFW District Commander Dick Kennedy and World War II vets Jim Morgia and Nick Angelicola at the local VFW on Aug. 6. Greg Reilly photo.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro with VFW District Commander Dick Kennedy and World War II vets Jim Morgia and Nick Angelicola at the local VFW on Aug. 6. (Greg Reilly photo.)

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) last week held the second in her “Honoring the Greatest Generation” appreciation series. The event, held at the Stratford VFW, honored Stratford and Milford World War II veterans.

The first in the series, held in March at the Hamden American Legion, honored World War II veterans from Orange, Hamden and West Haven.

DeLauro presented each of the World War II veterans present with a challenge coin as a sign of her appreciation. DeLauro also shared photographs of her trip to Normandy on the official Congressional delegation for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

“The Greatest Generation fought to rid the world of terrible tyrannies, during the most destructive conflict this world has seen,” DeLauro said. “In the fields of Europe and across the Pacific, they stood up when their nation needed them, on behalf of our values and freedoms. Being able to present Connecticut’s World War II veterans with a challenge coin, and hosting this series of events, is an honor and a privilege. Their service and sacrifice shall never be forgotten.”

Veterans were encouraged to share their stories through the Veterans History Project, which is run through the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The Veterans History Project collects, preserves and makes accessible the accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Any veteran who is interested in participating can contact DeLauro’s office at 203-562-3718.

“These accounts are more than just a valuable educational tool,” DeLauro said. “They help ensure that we, as a nation, never forget the service and sacrifice of our heroes, or the enduring American values they fought for.”

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