West Hartford residents who are Korean War veterans were honored by Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and Mayor Shari Cantor.
By Ronni Newton
Ceremonies are being held throughout the state to honor veterans of the Korean War, and on July 14 Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, Mayor Shari Cantor, and Thomas Saadi, commissioner of Veterans Affairs visited West Hartford to recognize those who served 70 years ago.
Bysiewicz has been visiting communities across the state to honor veterans for their service in what she said unfortunately has come to be known as the “forgotten war,” since it occurred when people were still recovering from World War II and just before the Vietnam War, which ushered in a period of political and social turmoil.
Eight men – including retired West Hartford Police Chief Robert McCue – were honored in West Hartford in a ceremony that included participation by local Boy Scouts and color guards from the West Hartford Fire Department, West Hartford Police Department, and American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96. Ben Cantor, the son of the West Hartford mayor, sang the National Anthem.
Some of the veterans shared stories of their service during the Korean War, and Lionel Jackowitz wore the Medal of Freedom he was awarded.
State Sen. Derek Slap and state Rep. Kate Farrar were also in attendance and spoke at the ceremony.
Rev. Dana Hallenbeck gave the invocation.
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