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Vietnam veteran leads VFW salute

November 10, 2018 GMT

GREENWICH — The Cos Cob community gathered Saturday morning under bright, blue skies to salute those who have served the nation in a brief but heartfelt ceremony.

The Cos Cob Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10112 held their annual ceremony at its memorial in the park on Strickland Road, with nearly 30 people in attendance to remember the veterans who have served as well as those currently in the military.

VFW Post commander Joe Musich noted the extra significance of the annual ceremony: It was part of the observations of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I and eventually became Veterans Day.

“I see in 100 years the world has not learned a lot,” Musich said. “We still have wars and conflicts. Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day, and here we come to this memorial to show respect for our fallen soldiers as well as the first responders of 9/11. We also want to thanks the veterans who proudly serve in the U.S. military today.”

A combat veteran who served in Vietnam, Musich urged everyone in attendance to thank veterans personally for their service. And he also spoke about his hope for the future. when the country “would stop sending its military off to conflicts and wars.”

“It is no fun when you have bullets flying over your head, I have first-hand experience,” Musich said. “God bless the U.S. military and the United States of America.”

Bill Cameron, the post’s adjutant, spoke about the advances in modern technology and what how that helps servicemen and servicewomen injured in combat.

“The outlook for these vets is not as dark as it was in previous conflicts,” Cameron said. “Modern technology is creating very strong working arms and legs” for those who lose limbs in battle.

“Some of you may remember this show from a long time ago, so let me remind you that ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ is walking our streets today,” he said.

Military veterans come in all sizes, ages, genders and categories, some of whom were drafted and others who volunteered to put on the uniform and serve, he said.

“There are many who returned physically unharmed but deeply traumatized and now suffer from post traumatic stress disorder,” Cameron said. “The number of suicides in this group is staggering and grows daily. Please remember them in your prayers.”

State Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-36, and state Reps. Livvy Floren, R-149, and Fred Camillo, R-150, along with his dog Teddy, were on hand along with Selectman John Toner, Chief of Police James Heavey, town Parks and Recreation Director Joseph Siciliano and several members of the VFW Post 10112 and their families.

As part of the ceremony, the post paid tribute to two of its original members who have passed away recently. The post, which recently marked its 50th anniversary, rang a ceremonial bell in memory of Fred Intrieri, a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and Joseph Scordo Jr. The post also showed off new benches in the park that were donated by post service officer Anthony Marzullo and Intrieri’s family.

Greenwich will hold additional Veterans Day events on Sunday. The Veterans Day Patriotic Walk down Greenwich Avenue will start at 10:30 a.m., leading right to the 11 a.m. ceremony led by the American Legion Post 29 at the town’s World War I memorial.

At noon, the Redmen’s Home Association will host a luncheon at 17 E. Elm St. with entertainment from the USO Girls. The luncheon is open to everyone, with priority seating for veterans and their families.

In Byram at 5 p.m., the Byram Veterans Association will host its annual parade, starting at the organization’s headquarters at 300 Delevan Ave.