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Photos: 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony At the Gazebo

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May 292016
 

It was a sunny, breezy hot day on the Orange Fairgrounds for the 2016 Orange Memorial Day Ceremony.

IMG_0945Robert Mirto, Esq., was the Master of Ceremonies, and he and all of the honored guests kept their addresses short, so there were no medical emergencies and the parade stepped off earlier than in some past years.

US Senator Richard Blumenthal, and First Selectman Jim Zeoli made brief comments, and two students from Orange Elementary Schools read short poems.

One woman who was honored at the ceremony was Magdalen Cronin, 100, who has crafted a wreath for the Memorial Day service at the cemetery for many years, and hopes to continue doing so as long as she can. “I enjoy making the wreath,” she said.

The Parade Committee did a fine job choosing the following parade recipients and keynote speaker.

Grand Marshal Arnold J. Casola is a U.S. Army, World War II Veteran – T5 Corporal – who served from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern, Good Conduct and Victory Medal. He is a member of theAmerican Legion Post 127 and a past Sergeant-at- Arms.

Honorary Chief of Staff James T. Dallas is a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran – Corporal – who served from 1950 to 1952. He served in the National Guard from 1948 – 1950 and at the Camp Pickett, Army Hospital for 2 years. He was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years now retired. He has been a member of the American Legion Post 127 for 55 years and worked for the Town of Orange Highway Department for 27 years now retired.

Keynote speaker Emily Dewey Trudeau, is the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield and a Bronze Star decorated Veteran. From 2005-2006, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office District of Utah; from 2006-2012, she was an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy; and she is currently Chair of the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.

 

May 242015
 

Don and Mary Jewell were honored during the ceremony on Sunday.

Don and Mary Jewell were honored during the ceremony on Sunday.

The Memorial Day Committee did a wonderful job planning an informative and meaningful ceremony at the gazebo prior to the annual parade on Sunday, May 24.

This year the Committee decided to honor Vietnam War veterans and a little known WWI Hero, “Sgt. Stubby.”

Commentator Bob Mirto read the story of Sgt. Stubby, a stray Pitbull who was smuggled on a ship and became a WWI hero, saving  dozens of lives and after receiving his Sergeant stripes, he outranked his handler.

When the guest speaker failed to show up, US Senator Richard Blumenthal stepped in and offered a brief speech.

Don and Mary Jewell were recognized as VIP Orange Veterans

The flags were waving, everyone was entertained and the weather was perfect – no one fainted from the heat and the well-attended ceremony went on quickly and got the message out that THIS is one of the most important things that anyone could do on Memorial Day.