Three Greenwich Vietnam War Veterans Receive Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medals

Veterans who served during the Vietnam War Blaise Bruno, Craig Connolly, Earle Cullen. Contributed photo

Veterans who served during the Vietnam War Blaise Bruno, Craig Connolly, and Earle Cullen with Peter Tesei and Livvy Floren. Contributed photo

Three Greenwich veterans received the Connecticut Veterans Wartime
Service Medals in a Town Hall ceremony.

First Selectman Peter J. Tesei, along with state Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149), presented the medals to the veterans who served during the Vietnam War on Tuesday, Oct 24.

Mr. Tesei enlisted the assistance of Greenwich Veterans Council member Daniel Griffin to facilitate obtaining the medals for the veterans.

Three of the five medal recipients were able to attend the ceremony. All five – Blaise Bruno, Craig Connolly, Earle Cullen, Peter Le Beau and Vincent Masi, are members of the American Legion Post 29. The medals were formally presented to Messrs. Bruno, Connolly and Cullen.

According to Mr. Griffin, any Connecticut veteran who served at least 90 days of wartime service is eligible to receive the medal. Mr. Tesei thanked Mr. Griffin for his work with veterans in Connecticut and Westchester County as well as with the Greenwich Veterans Council. Mr. Tesei also said that the “ceremony acknowledges the extraordinary service during wartime and helps the younger generation to understand the importance of the sacrifice of your service and what it means.”
“Thank you for your service. And we will be celebrating you again on Veterans Day with the Community Patriotic Walk and Ceremony,” Floren said.
This year’s theme is ‘Because you were there, we are here.’ ”

The Greenwich Veterans Council is organizing a Veterans Day Community Patriotic Walk and Ceremony that begins at 10:15am on Nov 11 at Amogerone Crossway and Greenwich Avenue and will proceed to the War Memorial in front of 290 Greenwich Ave. for the ceremony at 11:00am.

This year there is a focus on veterans who served during the Korean War and they are invited to attend. The Redmen’s Home Association will host a luncheon for Greenwich veterans at its hall, 17 E. Elm St, immediately following the ceremony.