WATERTOWN—Rep. Sean Williams and Sen. Rob Kane were among those who saluted roughly 70 local Korean War veterans last week during a ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Oakville.
Town Clerk Lisa Dalton played a big role in organizing the event, which saw Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz hand out Public Service awards to those who served our country. Williams told veterans in the room, “you paved the way for us to have all of the freedoms that we have.”
Standing before a crowd that also included relatives and friends, veterans shared a few memories about their experiences during their service overseas. Williams, Kane and the rest of the state and local officials in attendance also paid tribute to those men and women currently serving our country—triggering applause for active-duty soldiers who showed up to honor those soldiers who came before them.
“For the millions of us who are drinking from a well of freedom that we did not dig, you are the ones who did that—you dug that well, you paved the way for us to have all of the freedoms that we have,” Williams told the older veterans. “You protected the ability of people like me to go to Hartford and act on your behalf.”