May 19, 2009

A big weekend for veterans activities in Bristol

Press release from the Bristol Veterans Council:

May is National Military Appreciation month, a special time to recognize the sacrifices of our troops and their families.  As part of the Memorial Day weekend celebration, Bristol will host the region’s largest ever gathering of multi service military exhibits on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

Memorial Boulevard in Bristol Connecticut will be the site of the daylong celebration, beginning at 8:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.  There will be a Sunrise service at 8:00 with the ceremony starting at 1:00 P.M. As Bristol recognizes past, present and future members of the armed forces, all branches will be represented to include the Army Reserves, and the CT National Guard.

Participants committed include:

Army Major General Bruce Zukaskus (KEYNOTE SPEAKER )

Silver Star recipient, SFC Greg Stube (KEYNOTE SPEAKER)


HONOR GUARD (All 5 Branches of Military Service)

MILITARY VECHICLES (wheeled and tracked from both past and present)

DISPLAYS OF EQUIPMENT FROM ALL BRANCHES (to include an Army surgical unit, helicopter landing at 10:00 AM, Coast Guard and Navy patrol boats, Marine Corps weapons display, and many interactive exhibits)


11:00 Monument dedications - Dedication of the aerators “on Memorial Boulevard Pond and

Re-dedication of Hiker Monument and World War I Monument

11:30 Community Covenant signing

12:00 CSM Savino scholarship presentation


 8:00 AM— 4:30 PM Memorial Day Weekend Celebration on the Boulevard


9:00 AM Bristol Memorial Day Parade (Starts at Race Street)

12:00 PM Forestville Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Boulevard was originally established in 1921 to honor Bristol citizens who lost their lives in World War I.  Since then monuments to those killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and to the men and women who have served in other conflicts, have also been erected.


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Anonymous said...

Before the negativity begins...

Hats off to all our veterans and a huge and heart felt THANK YOU!!!

Tim Gamache said...

If I may,I would like to suggest to everyone that they take a moment this weekend and Mon. to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day,which is to remember and honor those servicemembers who gave "their last full measure of devotion" so we and our children might continue to live in peace and freedom.They are the true "heroes."

Anonymous said...

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, 1915.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Anonymous said...

Why did Ward cut the veterans Service officer position from the budget?

And not tell anybody?

Anonymous said...

Ward just didn't fill it yet. Why who knows only the "king" knows.

dufus said...

1:13 pm & 4:23 should get off their dead asses and pick up the phone, if they are so concerned, and ask ward.
Probably too stupid to dial the phone.

Anonymous said...

To be quite candid, Al Santucci, a dear man, had nothing to do for many years, nor would any replacement have anything to do for the salary paid.

The feds have personnel and the state has personnel to provide programs to veterans that need the services. The city does not need this position. Ward, the consummate veteran, will take some heat on this, but if he is not filling the position because it's not needed, in this case, he is correct.

I am a veteran, I love veterans, but my God, veterans are not the be all and end all of this community. Let it go. Remember, yes, dwell on, no.

Anonymous said...


Then tell me why Ward eliminated the funding for the position?

Again, without making it public.

Anonymous said...

Who is paying for this extravaganza? Just curious - things are tight and the legion had their money stolen. Is this a city event?

Anonymous said...

It is nice to see this event come back to where it belongs. The Memorial Boulevard. The decision to have it at Lake Compounce was a poor decision and left a lot of folks out.

Anonymous said...

7:38pm - Ward lies, the reason he is not filling the position is because he wants to control hiring - and only those applicates from out of town need apply. Unlawful, but the is Ward way - right Artie?

Anonymous said...

Will we get to see Nelligan, Tim & DeFilippi - veterans biggest supporters? I hope to see DeFilippi - she ain't bad to look at.

Steve Collins said...

Ward didn't eliminate funding for the veterans services office. In fact, the budget passed last night includes $22,915 for the position, which I take to mean they plan to fill it next winter. That seems to fit roughly with the timetable the mayor told me about a month or two ago (you can search on here for that story).

Anonymous said...


Why is Ward playing games with that position?

Is he going to ax it after the election?
Is he going to appoint Gamache or Nelligan after the election? Or Defillipi?

Why can't he be up front with the public?

Since you have the budget and I don't, how much is allocated to that department?

Anonymous said...

$22,000 for full time work? Man that stinks. Al only made $22,000 in that position?

Steve Collins said...

The $22K isn't for the whole year. It would cover part of the year. The city's fiscal year starts in July. They won't fill the position until winter so they don't need to budget an entire year's pay.

Anonymous said...

10:21am its not an appointed position. You have to apply - thankfully you aren't.

Anonymous said...

No allocation for the secretary??

If we haven't needed the position for over a year, why do we need it at all?

Anonymous said...


And the tax collector isn't an appointed position?

Who appointed her: maybe it was Ward?

Have you any clue as to how the city functions?

Anonymous said...

I believe the topic was all the Memorial Day weekend activities.Could we please stay on topic?

Bill Stortz said...

Ror those that do not get or read the Press or Observer, here is a copy of a letter I submitted to both.

Letter to the Editor May 18, 2008

This coming weekend we will celebrate Memorial Day. Originally intended was to honor the fallen heroes of the Civil War, it has grown, and rightfully so, to a day to honor all veterans and to show our appreciation for their efforts.
Bristol, as usual, will have some significant events to help show our appreciation. As always, Flags are flown on the Boulevard Route 6, and Downtown. There will be a parade and other activities, including those traditionally held in our schools to make the students aware of the sacrifices made that enable them to live and enjoy the life that they do, in Freedom.
What we all can do, and all should do, is make our own individual attempts to display the American Flag honoring of all veterans and to honor those service personnel currently serving. While some may become blasé regarding the military action in the Mid-East, we should not and we must not forget that our service personnel are dying for us, each and every day.
So, please do two things.
First, fly the American Flag somewhere on your property. From your house, porch, flagpole, mailbox, garage anywhere it can be seen. Fly it properly, but do fly it. Any size flag will do, but the more visible the better.
Second, send an Email to your friends, in Bristol and elsewhere and ask them to keep the flag-flying message going.
Just think of the multiplication of contacts that will result. Just think of the impact that it will have, from the neighbor that lives on a cul-de-sac or dead end street with you who now sees the flag on their very private street, to those that can and will fly a flag on a busy street. It might just get more people thinking about Memorial Day and our veterans.
Your effort should make you feel good and won’t cost you anything.

Thank You

William T. Stortz

Anonymous said...

Ward is just being a dictator - the same thing he blasted Storz for. Guess we all know the real Ward would come out soon.

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