Garden of Remembrance

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Our Thanks...

The following Veterans have remembered the Connecticut Veterans Parade in their will or their families have honored a Veteran by requesting donations to the Parade in their memory:

We give thanks to these brave men and women who served in our armed forces, ever vigilant and ready to defend our freedom.

For more information, please contact the Connecticut Veterans Parade Information Line:    (860)-986-7254.  Clearly state your name and phone number and someone will return your call, OR, download the Garden of Remembrance form found at the bottom of this page.

Donations Made in Memoriam


Name: Paul Protzenko
Rank:  Sgt/82nd Airborne
Service: Peace Time/Afghanistan
Final Roll Call: 9 July 2011
Thoughts:  Paul, to a wonderful brother & son.  You are dearly missed.  Our world has lost its special light  Love you always.  See you in Heaven
From: Your Loving Family:  Traci, Colette, Harry, Beverly & Guy, Ed & Shami


Name:  Pablo E. Gandara
Service:  Cuba Navy WWII
Final Roll Call:
Thoughts:  Cuba was a US ally in WWII and we are proud of Dad's service.
From:  Hilda, Marilda and Paul


Name: Frank Falana
Rank: Staff Sergeant, US Air Force
Service: Vietnam, Panama, Desert Storm
Final Roll Call: 23 December 2006
Thoughts: My heart sings for you, my warrior. Enduring in order to love. Transcending loyalty, to return to your Source. - The Battle Song, by M. Wilson
From: Anonymous

Name: Leon "Red" Snyder
Rank: US Navy, 1945 - 1949
Final Roll Call: 30 December 2007
Thoughts: Thank you for your service.
From: Mary L. Vasquez, Peter  and Paula Palermino, Deborah Freedman, Charles A. Surko, Michael Rinaldi, and Lorraine and Lawrence Stub.

Name: Eugene R. Chelstowski
Rank: Staff Sgt./US Army Air Corps
Final Roll Call: 19 November 1989
Thoughts: Thank you for your service.
From: Your loving family

Name: Frederick S. DeBenedetto
Rank: Pfc/US Army, World War II
Final Roll Call: 14 April 1945
Thoughts: In loving memory of his service, killed in action near Schildgen, Germany and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism.
From: His sister, Joan D. Mazzotta


Name:  Albert M. Diaz Sr.
Rank: Sgt/US Army Air Corps
Service:  World War II
Final Roll Call:  16 January 1987
Thoughts:  Thank you for your service
From:  The Zaleski Family

Name: Frank W. Carmon, Jr
Rank: Major/ 88th Infantry Div. U.S. Army
Service: WW II
Final Roll Call: 6 November 1972
Thoughts: A Legacy of Patriotism and community service
From: Wife Nan Carmon & All the Carmon Families and The D'Agata and Petkis Families

Name: Salvatore Merlo
Rank: Sgt./US Army 
Service: World War II
Final Roll Call: 6 Dec 1963
Thoughts: We love you and will always remember the wonderful husband, father and proud patriot that you were. You are in our thoughts daily.
From: Bruno & Linda Cerati (daughter and son-in-law) and Mildred Merlo (wife)

Name: Frank Falana
Rank: Staff Sergeant, US Air Force
Service: Vietnam, Panama, Desert Storm
Final Roll Call: 23 December 2006
Thoughts: You will always be remembered and loved. Not one day passes without thoughts about you and your love.
From: All my love, Lynn

Name: Dan C. Shepherd
Rank: MSgt Inf. US Army 
Service: Korean War
Final Roll Call:  1 Dec 2005
Thoughts:  You are remembered for the life you led as a dedicated MSgt, US Army, a respected Capt., Htfd PD, and a devoted loving husband and father.
From:  Your family, Agatha and Richard

Download: gardenofremembrance-annual.pdf

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27 Southview Drive
Wallingford, CT 06492

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