Men behind Gold Star monument say ‘thanks’
(Editor’s note: Plainville resident Bob Doolittle, an Air Force veteran, and local resident Dan Burgess, whose brother was killed in Vietnam, helped bring the Gold Star memorial to fruition.)
We would like to thank the Town of Plainville for allowing us to present the Gold Star Monument on May 29 after the Memorial Day Parade.
A committee was formed including Robert Lee, Kathy Pugliese, Scott Saunders, Deb Tompkins, Tom Warnat, David Dudek, Roger Bogdan, Joseph Wojcik, Daniel Kulas and Sherri Vogt, Veteran District Aide from Congresswoman Esty’s office.
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Our original concept was much smaller than what we unveiled. As donations grew, so did the monument. Many ideas were exchanged, but a letter from Mrs. P., a Gold Star family member, altered our course. Changes were made in hopes that no one felt offended.
Many thanks to the Plainville Rotary Club, the Petit Family Foundation, Loureiro Engineering Associates, Edward Murtha, VFW Post 574 Plainville, the Bartolotta Family of Cromwell Growers for flowers to give to Gold Star mothers and families, the Bristol American Legion Post 2 and 30 other donors.
We also thank Everlasting Memorials for their assistance and guidance through the monument ordering process.
We would like to extend a special thanks to all the Gold Star mothers and families who attended.
Speakers were Robert Berube, Deacon at Our Lady of Mercy Church; Sandy Carver, American Legion Chaplain; U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty; state Sen. Henri Martin; state Rep. William Petit; Mary Kight, CT Department Chair of American Gold Star Mothers Inc.; and Gold Star Family Members Parade Grand Marshal Susan Chase and Peter Finken.
We also thank all the town employees who went above and beyond to ensure that all went well.