Sunday was the Orange Memorial Day Ceremony, Parade, and Service. Large crowds attended each of them.
First, at the Orange Fairgrounds, the Memorial Day Ceremony with each of the honored guest speakers making brief, yet meaningful comments.
Robert Mirto was the moderator.
Grand Marshal – Robert H. DeFeo – U.S. Air Force Active 1956-1959 – Reserve from 1956 – 1965 – rank of Captain.
Chief of Staff – Peter Shery – U.S. Army 1953-1955 – Korean War Veteran. Citations received – Korean Service Medal, The U.N. Service Medal, and The National Defense Medal.
Honored Veteran – Donald J. Jewell, posthumously – U.S. Coast Guard 1942-1946; World War 11 Veteran. Past Commander of the American Legion Orange Post #127 and a life member. His favorite quote was “I don’t always have my way but I always have my say!”
Jewell was one of Orange’s favorite sons. He died on February 16 at the age of 93.
His daughter Cynthia Romanoff accepted a plaque in his honor and presented it to her mother, Mary.
Keynote Speaker – Paul M. Tarbox – A Veteran of 10 years with the Connecticut Army National Guard. He volunteered for deployment to Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraqi 2004-2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II with the 118th Area Support Medical Battalion.
Tarbox’s speech was well thought out, contemporary and very well received.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli and US Senator Richard Blumenthal also spoke. Three Orange students gave special Memorial Day readings (one an original poem).
You may soon find the video of the ceremony on OGAT on DEMAND. (Click the link in the Left Column of Orange Live)