Hartford hosts Vietnam Veterans Memorial for Memorial Day

Hartford

The Hartford Vietnam Veterans Memorial, first unveiled on Memorial Day 30 years ago, was rededicated on Monday. 

The celebration brought together the original supporters, including former Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly and several past members of the Hartford boy scout troop who led the creation of the monument.      

“It’s great to be part of this group of men, now, that goes back 30-some years,” said Joseph Balula, who was a member of Troop 105 in 1989. 

“I was fortunately part of this ceremony 30 years ago,” said Chad Schrock, who was a 13-year-old scout at the time, “and now we’re continuing the tradition on.”

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Former scouts, now all in their 40s, raised the flag, performed the National Anthem on trumpet, and laid a wreath in honor of the Hartford residents who died during the Vietnam war. They were joined by the current scouts of Troop 105.

“We’re looking at the people that died for us, for America,” said current scout Jacobo Polanco, who participated in today’s ceremony, “and now that we’re joining, I feel kind of special.”

It was a remembrance of the past that the troop members of 1989 are working to continue for years to come. 

“It’s really important that us older adults are showng the younger scouts how it is to carry a tradition on,” said Schrock, “that’s what’s important to us.”

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