February 23, 2012 Iwo Jima Flag Raising Commemoration in New Britain, CT

World War II Servicemen Raise American Flag on Mt. Suribachi 67 Years Ago

It was 67 years ago that American servicemen landed on the shores of Iwo Jima to fight what would become the bloodiest battle in Marine history. During the fifth day of battle, one of the most historic events of World War II took place. We are talking about February 23rd, the day five Marines and one Navy Corpsman raised the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi for the first time ever on Japanese soil. Joe Rosenthal’s photograph of this would become an iconic image and most recognized symbol of WWII American heroism.
Lead by Dr. George Gentile, survivors of the battle formed the Iwo Jima Survivors Association and worked to raise the necessary funds to build the National Iwo Jima Memorial Monument which proudly sits on the Newington/New Britain town line. The monument was dedicated on February 23, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the historic flag raising. The Survivors built the monument as a tribute to their 6,821 comrades who died during that battle, including at least 100 men from Connecticut whose names are inscribed on it.
In remembrance of the 67th anniversary of the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi, Foundation member Mark Adamski and other members of the Fleet Marine Force and Foundation will be on hand to meet and speak with visitors. Mark, who is a WWII historian and reenactor, will be dressed in the uniform worn by Marines during the invasion. He will have
memorabilia, photos and mementos from the battle on display and will be available to answer

There will be brief ceremony to place a wreath at the monument to honor those
who fought and died during the battle.
The event will take place on February 23rd, 2012 starting at 10:00 a.m. with the anniversary ceremony starting around 10:15 a.m. Displays will be available throughout the day, weather permitting. Everyone is welcome.
The National Iwo Jima Memorial Park is located near CCSU at the intersection of Barbour Rd. and Ella Grasso Boulevard. It is accessible from exit 29 off Route 9. In case of inclement weather, any changes will be posted on the Foundation’s Facebook page at “Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation, Inc.”

You may also check http://www.SOSIwoJima.com or call Gary at 860-810-8736.

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Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event Time Confirmed – 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30)

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans

For tickets and registration, please visit http://www.ccsu.edu/welcomehome

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November 13, 2011 “Hymn to the Fallen” Concert

November 13, 2011 Hymn to the Fallen Symposium

The Veterans History Project “Call for Photos” campaign will be the focus of the 2011 Plainville Wind Ensemble performance.

The cost of admission is an unwrapped toy, which will be accepted by United States Marines from the “Toys for Tots” program.

Please view the attached poster for more event information.

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Hot off the Grill! Third Annual Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open on Saturday October 1st, 2011

Golden Kielbasa


Step up to the tee for New Britain-area veterans and get your foursome together today for the 3rd Annual Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open, Saturday, October 1 at Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin, Connecticut.

This year’s event, hosted by the Northwestern Veterans, T.G.M. Memorial Post in New Britain, will benefit two great causes: the Hardware City Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, as well as the purchase of American flags at New Britain’s historic Fairview Cemetery for veterans’ gravesite display on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Following play, players and friends of veterans are invited to gather for a veterans ceremony, awards and barbeque feast at the VFW Post #511 (New Britain) Picnic Pavilion – and you don’t have to play to join us for the post-golf festivities.

So get your swing in gear on October 1 and stand up for the vets – afterall, they stood up for us!

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3rd Annual Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open, Saturday, October 1

Step up to the tee for New Britain-area veterans and get your foursome together today for the 3rd Annual Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open, Saturday, October 1 at Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin, Connecticut.

Learn more at http://www.goldenkielbasa.org/

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Iwo Jima Survivors Candlelight Ceremony Aug 14

UPDATE! : 3rd Annual VJ Day Candlelight Ceremony of Remembrance POSTPONED until Saturday, August 20 (due to predicted thunderstorms).


National Iwo Jima Memorial Monument & Park Sunday, August 14, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

The Candlelight Ceremony of Remembrance will remember and honor the 100 men from Connecticut who died during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. The ceremony will also honor and remember those who survived the battle but who have since passed away. In addition, all Killed In Action (KIA), Missing In Action (MIA), and deceased veterans who served at any time in the armed forces,will be honored. The ceremony will include bagpipes, invocation, speakers, taps, rifle salute and the lighting of candles.

The Survivors wish to invite the public to attend this free event. You may participate by tolling a bell and calling the name of a deceased loved one who served anytime in the U. S. Military. Bring a photo of the service person you would like to remember and place it on the Wall of Honor.

Read the Full Poster

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Vietnam War Memorial Call for Photos

Cong. Larson, CT & CCSU partner in ‘Call for Photos’

Vietnam War Fallen to be honored

New Britain, CT – A nationwide effort to honor Vietnam veterans killed in action will come to Connecticut on Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m. when U.S. Congressman John Larson (CT) and Commissioner of Veterans’ Affairs Linda Schwartz help kick-off Connecticut’s “Call for Photos” initiative. The event, open to the public, will be held at Central Connecticut State University’s Founders Hall located in the Davidson building.

To make certain that 100 percent of Connecticut’s fallen are remembered, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs and CCSU’s Veterans History Project are working with volunteers and teachers to collect photos and remembrances of Connecticut’s 612 who are not yet represented on a virtual wall memorial in Washington, DC. The National Call for Photos campaign began in 2009 with the goal of attaching faces to the more than 58,000 names memorialized on The Vietnam Memorial – often referred to as The Wall. The photos will become part of a virtual wall to be displayed in The Education Center to be built near the Memorial Wall.

As part of Connecticut’s kick-off event, Congressman Larson and Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz will be joined by Eileen Hurst, director of CCSU’s Veterans History Project, and Michele Mullaly, principal of Coventry High School.

WHAT: CT Call for Photos Kick-Off

WHEN: Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: CCSU Davidson Bldg, Founders Hall

Media contact:

Janice Palmer, Director, CCSU Media Relations (o) 860.832.1791 (c) 860.538.2649 palmerj@ccsu.edu

Eileen Hurst, Assoc. Dir., Center for Public Policy & Social Research (o) 860.832.2976 hursteim@ccsu.edu

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May 2011 Newsletter

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CT Civil War Commemoration this weekend, April 15 – 17

Don’t miss the 150th-anniversary cannon firing at the State Capitol in Hartford on Tuesday, April 12,
the Connecticut Civil War Conference on Friday, April 15,
and the Commemoration Kick-Off Weekend on April 16 and 17.

Civil War Events: Free And Open to the Public

Tuesday April 12, 2011
8 AM State Capitol Building in Hartford:
Cannon firing, commorating firing on Fort Sumter.

Friday April 15
8:45 AM – 4:30 PM Conference at CCSU
Registration required.

Saturday, April 16
10 AM Commemoration Opening Ceremonies
11 AM Exhibit Hall opens in CCSU Student Center
11 AM 1:30 p.m. – Military/Civilian demonstrations:
CCSU campus and Stanley Quarter Park
12 PM – 2 PM Talks on Civil War topics:
CCSU Student Center
2:30 PM Battle Reenactment in Stanley Quarter Park
4 PM Stanley Quarter closes to the public
5 PM Exhibit Hall closes

Sunday, April 17
9 PM Worship service in Stanley Quarter Park
10 AM – 11:30 AM Vintage Baseball Game:
Stanley Quarter Park
10 AM – 12 PM – Military/Civilian demonstrations:
CCSU campus and at Stanley Quarter Park
1 PM – Battle Reenactment in Stanley Quarter Park
2 PM – 4 PM – Talks on Civil War topics:
CCSU Student Center
2:30 PM – Reenactor Camp closes to the public
4 PM – Exhibition Hall in CCSU Student Center
closes to the public

Learn More:



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In 2007, both the US Congress and the US Senate passed resolutions proclaiming March 30th as National “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” (WHVVD). On May 18, 2010, Connecticut’s Governor M. Jodi Rell signed into law HB 5352 declaring March 30th “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”; becoming the second State to do so.

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