Hampton to Give Keynote at Tariffville Parade

State Representative John K. Hampton (D-Simsbury) was asked by the Simsbury Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Metacomet Post 1926 & American Legion Post 84 to be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Tariffville Memorial Day Parade. The parade will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th. “I am honored and thrilled to have been asked to deliver remarks in honor of our beloved veterans. We cannot do enough recognize their incredible service to our country,” Rep. Hampton said. As a native of Tariffville, I am especially proud to speak at this parade. Tariffville is a wonderful village and this parade is truly special to me,” he added. The Tariffville Parade begins at the foot of Winthrop Street and ends in the Tariffville cemetery, where there will be a brief observation. Bruce Elliott will be the Tariffville Master of Ceremonies. Hampton has championed legislation on behalf of veterans during the current legislative session. The parade steps off at 9:00 a.m. with a ceremony immediately following parade in St. Bernard's Cemetery in Tariffville. For more information on the details of the parade, please contact Ray Jennings at 860-658-1034.
Robert Kalechman May 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Why is it that on Memorial Day or Decoration Day as my seniors refer to in Simsbury people for political reasons always give the honor of the Memorial Day address and allows politics and politiiocians o use a solemn day that all veterans recognize as sacred? I have witnessed these politicians who look upon Memorial Day as jollow and in most cases refuse to serve in the Armed Forces and tookl the easy road of derferment after deferment? Over the years plaques, awards in my opinion have been bestowed on oficials who have done very little if anything to honor veterans, less than a decade ago these same elected officials closed the State Veterans Hospital at Rocky Hill thus taking away services needed by returning state veterans. Time and time again this state's politicians , particularly legislators, have taken away benefits deserved and awarded by a grateful state and nation. Case in point, the Soldiers, Sailors, Marine and Air Foprce Fund was taken away partially and put into the State of Connecticut's Geneeral Fund. Prison beds disgarded by the Department of Corrections were given to the Roky Hill Veterans Home and Hospital. I can present fact after fact showing the neglect and uncaring attitude towards the state's veterans budget which legislatores have been remiss in providing care to veterans as was promised. Why Simsbury's legislators are chosen to have the honor which they do not disserve? There is a bill before the State Legislatue that wants to stop the State Soldiers and Sailors and Marines fund being proposed by the Democratically controlled State Legislature. It seems that the Simsbury's lMemorial Day parades in past years have turned into ,meet. greet amd handshake that Simsubury's politicians use to further their political ambitions and garner votes which to the credit of a previous American Legion Commander who spoke out against political politicians who while marching break ranks to garner votes.Please allow my brothers and sisters veteans to honor our comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice and keep this State of ours above politics as ususial in Simsbury.


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