Returning soldiers to be recognized

The public is invited to welcome home five Greenwich military servicemen who have recently returned from Afghanistan and other combat areas tonight, Dec. 20, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the lobby of the Greenwich Police Department.

The servicemen are all Greenwich High School graduates and hold a special position within their respective branches of the military, including a U.S. Army Infantry Officer, awarded the bronze star; a U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer; a National Guard Infantry Medic; a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Specialist; and a U.S. Navy SEAL.

Today’s program will be broken down into three different parts.

First, a soldier from the Connecticut National Guard infantry unit “adopted” by Greenwich will present the town with a flag flown at their Afghanistan location in gratitude to the people of Greenwich. Secondly, the town will honor two fallen soldiers who surrendered their lives through their service in the war. And finally, those in attendance will recognize, respect and appreciate the unique journey of mothers’ experiences when a son or daughter has been deployed to a war. Each serviceman’s mother will be at the event.

The host of this event, the Greenwich Military Covenant of Care, is a citizen group supported by the Board of Selectmen and the U.S. Military. It assists Greenwich families affected by the war. They have helped to develop a network of mothers in Greenwich who each have a military son or daughter who has experienced an Iraq or Afghanistan deployment.

To learn more about the Greenwich Military Covenant of Care, contact Bruce Winningham at 203-536-4133 or [email protected]; or Mary Jane Huffman at [email protected]

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