State Representative David K. Labriola honored the memory of American servicemen and women who died defending our country’s freedom in a Memorial Day address in Oxford after the town’s annual parade.
Representative Labriola also presented an American flag to the town that has flown over the state capitol in Hartford as a finale to Oxford’s Memorial Day observances.
“Memorial Day is a very important time for all of us,” said Representative Labriola, R-131st District. “It is when we pause and reflect on the fact that the freedom many Americans take for granted is worth so much that those we honor today were willing to die for it.”
“It is a day to reaffirm our commitment to defending our country’s freedom and our way of life,” Representative Labriola said. “The greatest honor we can pay to our fallen heroes is to ensure they did not die in vain – that the sacrifices they made on behalf of our nation and our people – for you and I – are never forgotten.”
“It is my hope that when we look upon the flag I presented to First Selectman Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers flying in front of Town Hall, that we all say a silent prayer for the men and women of Oxford who died in defense of our country; to protect those who now are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; and to thank our friends, neighbors and family members who fought for our country in past wars,” Representative Labriola said.