Stratford remembers its veterans and military

Letter-to-the-EditorNEWTo the Editor:

Stratford’s war memorials and heroes link to 9/11 events since World Wars.  9/11/1941: Pentagon cornerstone.  9/11/1960: OPEC created in Baghdad.  9/11/2001: World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks indirectly: killed over 3,000 Americans, started prolonged Middle Eastern Wars, killing 5 million and diverted $100 trillion, to date.  9/11/2012: Benghazi: Four Americans dead and others casualties.  9/11/2001 and later: military, police, fire, EMS, medical people, and construction workers “ran towards danger,” like the people honored at Stratford’s Academy Hill War Memorials.

About Stratford’s WW II Memorial Commission: Chairman Robert Mastroni, Vice Chairman Anthony Ross was lead Mason construction expert. Michael Sweeney Treasurer, Ed Roberts headed WW II Memorial Book “Stratford Remembers,” Paul Joy represented Historic District, Standard Oil owner Roy Friedman was very generous. Committee members were: George Vagasky, Stanley Kost, James Brazzell, Stuart Headford, and Rich Fredette replaced Charles Bruno. Gail Nobili was recording Secretary. Town Councils’ representatives were Council Chairmen William Cabral and James Feehan.

Ex-Bunnell teacher and football coach, Chairman Robert Mastroni reached many friends in the schools and Town. School Superintendent Raymond O’Connell’s staffs, teachers, students and PTA were exceptionally helpful and generous. They researched for the World War II Memorial Book, with information about 102 Strafordites killed in World War II and over 4,000 Strafordites who served in WWII. This included my Philippines combat veteran father. I was privileged to buy the first engraved memorial brick in his name.

Dick Miron sold granite for monuments and bricks for engraving from Homer Godfrey. Town Historian Lewis Knapp was involved.  Scottish Rite Masons sponsored the unveiling ceremony. The arch is among Masonic designs.

Mastroni appointed me: ex-officio to write publicity about plans, community outreach, meetings, fund-raisers, changes, and construction.”  Ex-firemen and masons Tony and son Dan Ross led in the construction of the WWII Memorial and Memorial Complex. Stratford VFW was extremely active hosting dances, raffles, and fund-raisers. Committee members and public worked at the site and various fund raisers, including tag sales. Estimated over $160,000 was raised, using no Stratford tax dollars. This was Stratford’s best achievement in my opinion.

George E. Mulligan

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