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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Westport Family Ends ‘Secret’ Thanksgiving 20-Year Tradition

This year’s Thanksgiving will be different for members of the Westport Fire Department and a special Westport family.

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The Arons posted this picture on Facebook explaining their decision to end 20 years of serving a Thanksgiving meal to Westport firefighters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Facebook.com photo

For 20 years, Dan Aron, wife Maureen, and daughters Ashley, Alexa, and Anna have prepared, cooked, and shared a Thanksgiving meal with Westport firefighters. (Actually, it was mostly Maureen.)

And they did it anonymously, making it a point to shun any publicity about the effort.

But with this year’s end of the 20-year tradition, the Arons have gone public to their friends in a Facebook posting Wednesday, telling them about their “secret” and explaining their decision.

“For 20 years, our family made it a tradition to prep and cook and eat Thanksgiving Dinner with the fine men and women of the Westport Fire Department,” Dan Aron said.

“Each year, Maureen meticulously organized this feast—making sure no detail was left out and to make sure any dietary restrictions were met.

“We saw so many young men and women rise in the ranks and it was a privilege and honor to do so. As Anna said on today—her 21st Birthday - she has never known anything different but to go to the Fire Department for Thanksgiving.

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Maureen Aron and daughters (l) oversee a Thanksgiving meal they prepared for Westport firefighters in 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“This past summer, we decided it was time to retire and for us to have this time with our family as our girls grow up (dad hasn’t yet) and spread out to different areas.

“We thank the men and women of the Westport Fire Department for allowing us to be a part of their lives for so many years, and we hope in some small way we helped make their day better given how much they have always sacrificed for our community.

“The real star is also my beautiful wife Maureen, who is a fish out of water this week as she no longer has detailed and color coded spread sheets and timelines in order to prepare like she has for the last 20 years.

“A simple turkey and veggies and lots of wine is in order. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.”

Still trying to deal with a Thanksgiving without a horde of firefighters surrounding the family, Dan Aron added: “Stop by for a beer or glass of wine if you are in the neighborhood. We will be home—we’ve never said that!”

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Posted 11/24/16 at 05:35 AM  Permalink



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Dan Aron is a complete class act, in all aspects of his life.  This town is considerably better off for having him and his family reside here.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Posted by Adam Weisman on November 24, 2016 at 12:39 PM | #
 

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