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  • VFW Memorial Day Ceremony Honored Veterans

    A sampling of Newtown’s population gathered on the grounds of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308, Freedom Defenders Way, Monday morning, May 25, to honor the memories of service men and women who have died, as well as to recognize the service of current troops.

    In the crowd were a number of veterans from earlier wars: Vietnam, Korea, and World War II, as well as from Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Collection Continues For Active Duty Military Personnel

    Readers are invited to continue to honor current troops.

    A donation box has been set up in the lobby of The Newtown Bee, 5 Church Hill Road, and will remain in place until May 29. In conjunction with VFW Post 308 Newtown, The Bee is collecting items to be sent to service men and women.

  • Remembering All Veterans

    Setting out flags in honor of veterans Friday were Newtown Woman’s Club GFWC members and volunteers, from left, Jan Happel, Betty Warner, Marion Thompson, Dave Thompson (with his back turned), and on the far right are Millie Anderson and Pat Bailey. Hidden from view is Coke Cramer. The women set the flags out at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument/The War Memorial at the intersection of Hannover Road and Main Street.

  • Lower Flags Monday Morning; Holiday Closings Posted

    In observance of Memorial Day, all United States and state flags should be lowered on Memorial Day Monday, May 25. In accordance with US Flag code, flags should be lowered from sunrise until noon on the day that Americans honor those who have served and those who continue to serve in the Armed Forces.

    Newtown VFW post will have its annual Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony on Monday, beginning at 11 am. The public is invited to join post members for the brief ceremony, which will take place at the post, 18 Tinkerfield Road.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Congratulations to the “Sandy Hook Fredericks Clan.” Sawyer Fredericks, nephew of Bonnie Fredericks, owner of Sandy Hook Hair Co, was named the new champion on NBC’s The Voice Tuesday night. Bonnie hosted a number of The Voice viewing parties this past season, in support of him, at the VFW. Sawyer spent his early years here in Newtown, in case you want to puff up with a little pride. I’m sure all of his local relatives and friends are already doing so!

  • The Top of the Mountain

    VFW Commander James Rebman commented on Monday at the Memorial Day ceremony that he recalled watching Memorial Day parades way back in 1968 “and the guys with the funny hats.” Well, now Jamie, a veteran, is one of those guys in the funny hats, he observed, and Memorial Day has taken on a whole new meaning to him.

  • VFW Ceremony Honors Fallen Service Men And Women

    “It’s an important tradition for us to come here,” said Richard Gottmeier, prior to the start of the Monday, May 26 ceremony at the VFW Post 308 honoring veterans who have died in service to the country. Mr Gottmeier served 28 years in the Army and Army Reserves, he said, is a member of the VFW, and comes from a family tradition of serving the country since the Revolutionary War. “We pay our respects today to those who didn’t get to come home. They are the true heroes,” he said.

  • Lower Flags Today For Memorial Day

    In observance of Memorial Day, all United States and state flags should be lowered today. Per a proclamation from President Barack Obama, flags should be lowered from sunrise until noon today.

    Following tradition, President Obama and Governor Dannel P. Malloy have both issued proclamations to honor those who have served and those who continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

  • VFW Spring Events Planned

    May is upon us and the Newtown VFW, Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries have quite a few activities and events planned. At the most recent Post meeting, James Rebman, who was reelected to a third year as Newtown Post 308 commander, said, “Spring is when everything is renewed along with our commitment to fellow veterans and our country.”

    Prior to each Memorial Day, new flags are put on the graves of veterans at all Newtown cemeteries. This is a time-honored tradition in which members, their families, and others participate.

  • Veterans Commemorated At VFW Service

    While others in town fired up their grills, or packed up for a day at the beach or on the water, a number of Newtown residents gathered at the property of the VFW Post 308 on Tinkerfield Road, just off of Wasserman Way, to observe the reason most Americans had the day off, Monday, May 27, Memorial Day.

    Kevin Booker and his son, Hunter, staked out a shady spot at the edge of the lawn, in anticipation of the VFW Post 308 annual Memorial Day ceremony.