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Pin ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans

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NAUGATUCK — American Legion Post 17 will be honoring Vietnam-era veterans with a pin ceremony at the Naugatuck Summerfest on Aug. 12. The pins are...

Students honor memory of veterans

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NAUGATUCK — A history and civics lesson came to life Monday morning for students at City Hill Middle School. Twenty-eight students, mostly from the Student...

Showing vets they care

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Prospect family decides it’s better to give than receive

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PROSPECT — It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. Like the Whos down in Whoville, the Smolkis,...

High Rock gives vets another shot

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John Felix, a 20-year Army veteran, remembers jolting awake to the sound of gunshots in Saudi Arabia and Somalia. "Two o'clock in the morning, 2:30,...

Veterans’ memorabilia sought for slideshow

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NAUGATUCK—The Naugatuck Arts Commission is collecting photos and other scannable memorabilia from veterans to be used in a slideshow during the commission’s annual Veterans...

Final chapter for ‘One Region, One Book’

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BEACON FALLS – For Sgt. Helman Roman, war didn’t just change his outlook on life. It made his friends and family appreciate things...

Veteran Essay Contest

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The 8th Grade students of Long River Middle School recently competed in an essay and picture contest to honor local veterans. Doug Merriman, representing...

Local residents pay respect on Veterans Day

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BEACON FALLS - Veterans Day isn’t just another day off from school, said Bruce Carlson, commander of the Beacon Falls Legion Post. “We’re trying to bring the community back involved with our ceremonies and to let the kids know a little history. We start out with the youngest age in the cub scouts and try to get as much participation as possible with the high school,” Carlson said. Boy Scout troop 104 participated in the ceremony. Chris Zmuda, a member of the troop, played taps on his father’s trumpet. He said that the ceremony made him think about what the day means. “I come out of my way to come here. I’d probably be home doing homework or something, but I came here to really think and meet these people,” Zmuda said. The day was especially emotional for Paul Drabicki, whose father, Chester “Benny” Drabicki, a WWII veteran passed away a few weeks ago.

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