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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

State and Town to Honor World War II Vets on Saturday

The State of Connecticut and the Town of Westport will honor Westport World War II veterans Saturday in a ceremony at Bedford Middle School.

The 11 a.m. event in the school auditorium is part of Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s Public Service Awards program. It honors vets “for their exemplary service and unwavering courage.”

The state and town compiled the invitation list after researching state and local archives. More than 275 invitations have been sent to individuals, families, relatives, and friends, said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff.

The Office of the Secretary of the State Public Service Awards Program began in 2001. Since then, the office has honored thousands of Connecticut residents for their commitment to public service.

Honorees include elected officials, first responders, coaches, election officials, and community and youth volunteers.

Bysiewicz said Westport’s veterans ceremony will be the 115th Public Service Award presentation to World War II vets.

After realizing in 2007 that World War II veterans in the state were dying at a steady rate, Bysiewicz started coordinating with cities and towns to conduct ceremonies in each of the state’s 169 communities. 

“Being the daughter of a World War II veteran, I thought time was of the essence, and say thank you while we have the opportunity,” she said.

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