|CT Trees of Honor Memorial|
|Cpl. Jordan Pierson Falujah, 2006 Charlie Company USMC|
|Spc. Tyanna Avery-Felder US Army, 2004 Iraq|
|Capt. Brian Letendre USMC 2006 Iraq|
There will be a brief intermission at 6:00 where hopefully, we will be entertained by belly dancing and/or a Tango performance by an expert duo. (This is still a work in progress; keep your fingers crossed!) Then, Sue's Hour will take us to 7:00 with speeches from representatives of the several candidates. There are still candidates not represented by surrogates, but that may change between now and Sunday. In person speakers are preferred, but candidate videos will be accepted. (spread the word!)
|Camps 412 Main St.|
Back story: Just to illustrate how peculiarly the circle of life moves; how a culmination of events and circumstances, over time, come together and shape our futures; I offer this story.
In 2006, one of my sons deployed to Iraq with Connecticut's Plainville based Marine Corp Reserve Unit, Charlie Company. While he was there, I corresponded with his Gunnery Sergeant, Ben Grainger. Sometime after their return, Ben and I connected through Linkdin and occasionally corresponded.
A couple years ago, Ben invited me to a fundraising dinner and auction to benefit . . . you guessed it; CT Trees of Honor. It was at that event that he and I first met. Since then, we have become friends. He has invited me to his house on a number of occasions and I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of his wife, Tess, aka Jan and their pack of ferocious dogs that will lick you to death, if you let them.
This past summer, Ben invited me to a "Gathering at the Barn", held on his property to honor those who fell in service to our country. There, I met some of the parents of our lost heroes.
Along the way, I became involved with the local Republican Party and wrote a number of posts for a local blog, The Middletown Insider. Eventually, I was made a contributing editor. In November past, the Editor in Chief decided it was time to move on and offered the job to me.
Earlier this month, John Kilian contacted JR Romano, State GOP Chairman, about the straw poll. Knowing I was local, Editor of the Insider and a "friendly" within the Party and media, JR contacted me to see what I knew about the event, which was nothing.
Editor in Chief