Friday, March 01, 2024

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Rell Asks State to Honor Connecticut’s War Dead on Friday

Gov. M. Jodi Rell is asking people across the state to take some time on Friday to pause and honor Connecticut’s war dead.

Rell, who left Danbury Hospital this afternoon where she underwent breast cancer surgery, has requested a statewide moment of silence and tolling of bells at noon in memory of the men and women with Connecticut ties killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004.

“Before this year ends it is appropriate that we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Rell said in a statement. “Our freedom comes at a price that is - at times - almost unbearably tragic.

In the past year, a dozen members of the military with ties to the state have been killed in the Middle East.

Save the Children Seeks Volunteers to Help With Phones

Westports Save the Children charity is inundated with phone calls from across the country from people wishing to donate to its Asian earthquake relief fund and today appealed to Westporters to help come in and man the phones.

ғWe can use people today and through the weekend, said spokeswoman Dianne Sherman. ԓWe can teach them very quickly how to answer the phones. Its a very rewarding experience.Ҕ

She said the charitys headquarters on Wilton Road has received about $2 million in online donations in the past few days with more money being pledged every minute.

Those who have some time to donate to the charity to help with answering phones are asked to call (203) 221-4000.