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PHOTOS: Memorial Day Cemetery Service

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May 252015
 

IMG_5064Every year, the Orange Memorial Day Ceremony at the gazebo sees more and more people. The parade route is always crowded — That’s a given. But it’s taken many years to get parade-goers to make the short walk down to the Orange Center Cemetery for the brief and solemn service when the parade is over.

This year, it was nice to see a larger than normal crowd gathered in the street and on the hill in front of Mary L Tracy School to be part of this important part of the Memorial Day program.

Those who fought for the freedom we enjoy are the reason we celebrate Memorial Day, and it’s good to see more people realizing that.

Staneski Looks to Assist Veterans-Owned Businesses 

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Feb 182015
 

State Rep. Pam Staneski with local veterans in Hartford.

State Rep. Pam Staneski with local veterans in Hartford.

State Rep. Pam Staneski (Orange & Milford) submitted testimony to the legislature’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee on her proposal to assist veteran-owned businesses in procuring state contracts.

The bill, HB 5952, An Act Establishing a Preference in the Award of State Contracts For Veteran-Owned Businesses received a public hearing in the Veterans committee on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

“In this economic environment we need to do what we can to help returning veterans on their entry into our workforce here in Connecticut,” Staneski sai. “We need to do what we can to make the transition from military life to being a successful member of our business community as smooth as possible.”

Former Post Commander Lawrence Czajkowski, of the Orange American Legion Post #127 who was accompanied by fellow Post member Sylvester Salcedo, also testified saying,Veterans are presently superceded  by other minorities in state procurement dollars, this bill would include vets in the minority process & give them access to set-aside state dollars. What better way to spend state dollars than on a veteran, we need to create jobs for our younger returning veterans, I plan to mentor those vets to take advantage of state projects.”

Czajkowski added, “Veterans, disabled & otherwise, should be at the top of the priority list for state projects & spending.”

Supporting this legislation gives us the tools to help those who served that much more. It will also assist those businesses where the veterans have harnessed entrepreneurial spirit to make their business successful and have taken those risks.

Photos: Some Photos From The Memorial Day Parade

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May 252014
 

The 2014 Memorial Day Parade stepped off around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 25.

The Orange Elementary Schools Marching Band made its debut at the parade.

Here are Some of the photos, you can find more on our Facebook Page.

PHOTOS: Memorial Day Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

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May 252014
 

Master of Ceremonies Robert Mirto

Master of Ceremonies Robert Mirto

The 2014 Memorial Day Ceremony went without a hitch. The weather was nice, and although a couple of people had to break rank because they didn’t feel well, there were no medical emergencies as in past years.

Bob Mirto served as master of ceremonies, and Diane Raikis, accompanied by the Amity Senior High School Band, sang the National Anthem.

Mirto kept everything moving along, introducing First Selectman Jim Zeoli; Grand Marshal Laurence Czajkowski; Chief of Staff Peter MacDonald; Honored Veteran Joswph Blake; and Keynote Speaker Philip Grande, Sr. and three specially selected student readers from each of the elementary schools: Tessa Graham (Peck Place); Brenner McKinley (Race Brook); and Conlan O’Rourke (Turkey Hill).

Lewis Merritt, Commander of the American Legion Post 127 presented the general orders for the parade.

Mirto read the names of Orange veterans who’d passed away since last Memorial Day.

Amity High student Eli Baum,  played Taps, and then everyone headed for the parade route.