Appreciates ‘outpouring of love’ after death

To the Editor:

The family of Theodore “TD” Dratch would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, support and kindness shown to TD and to us during his last illness and his recent passing Sept. 29.

We especially want to thank Sarah Pullen and the VNA Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion shown to him and to our family during this very difficult time.

Barbara Dratch and family

New Milford

Reflections on meaning of Veterans Day

To the Editor:

Veterans Day is a time to honor not just those who have fought for us in battle, but, in fact, all of the outstanding men and women who served in our nation’s Armed Forces since our founding more than 242 years ago.

In peacetime or wartime, all veterans have taken an oath indicating that they were willing to offer their lives to defend our Constitution and country.

Often times, it is the intimidating sight of an Army Ranger team, a Navy destroyer, an Air Force fighter jet, Marine Corps artillery or a Coast Guard cutter than deters an enemy from harming us.

Most veterans will agree that the best wars are the ones that are never fought.

But when war is necessary, America’s fighting men and women always come forward and put their country first.

Just five years after liberating two continents in World War II, they again answered the call in Korea, where 35,000 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice so others could be free.

Generations later, they served in places like the Persian Gulf, Beirut, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Today, men and women in uniform are providing humanitarian aid and rescuing victims of natural disasters.

Some serve in war zones and risk their lives on a daily basis. Some are Reservists and some are in the National Guard.

And while each takes pride in their branch of service, when an enemy threatens or a mission surfaces, they join together as one family and meet the challenge.

That is what veterans do. Country first.

How else could you describe the motives of someone who undergoes rigorous training, submits themselves to demanding superiors and uproots their lives for minimal pay and long hours?

When we hear about our high national debt, we should not minimize it, but we need to remember a higher debt. The one that we owe to those who have given so much to us.

We need to remember that to them war is not a mere history lesson or subject of a book. For them, the battles continue even after the firing stops and their return home is complete.

We need to remember that veterans’ benefits are a cost of war and a necessary part of fielding a strong national defense. We need to remember the sacrifices made, the lives lost and the lost family time.

We need to remember that Veterans Day is also freedom’s day.

Veterans put us first and today we put veterans first.

Thank you for being here.

God bless America and God bless our veterans.

Jeff McBreairty

New Milford

As Veterans Day

nears, reflects on

those who served

To the Editor:

Veterans Day is just around the corner. We will gather for a service in New Milford Nov. 11 on the south end of the Village Green.

As we reflect on this special day, I’d like to share the story of Army veteran Dovey Johnson Roundtree, who served from 1942-45.

Dovey was born April 17, 1914, in North Carolina, graduated from Spelman College in 1938 and briefly taught in school in South Carolina before enlisting in the Army.

She was recruited by Dr. Mary Bethune along with 39 other African American women to initiate the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).

Dovey achieved the rank of captain and was responsible for the recruitment of African American female soldiers during World War II. After her service, Dovey was motivated to continue making a difference in the world after the war, and decided to enter Harvard Law School.

After graduation, she began practicing law and became known for her criminal defense cases, civil rights and advocacy for children and families.

She earned many awards and honors for her work after the service and was honored at the Women in Military Service for American Memorial in 2009.

Fran Smith

New Milford

Grateful for ‘support’

for our seniors

To the Editor:

New Milford Senior Citizens Advisory Board and the New Milford Senior Center would like to thank everyone who came to our penny auction on Oct. 20.

You made our event a fun and successful day for one and all.

We also want to thank the volunteers who gave their time to help us out.

A special thanks to Helen Early who catered and provided all the food and baked all the delicious cookies, brownies and breads for our bake sale, especially the soft pretzels that were a big hit.

Everyone seemed to have a great time, and there were many interesting items to bid for and people were happy to win.

Again, thank you to all who attended. Your continuous and generous support to our seniors make this town a better place to live in.

All the proceeds from the penny auction will go directly to the seniors for activities, events and support throughout the year.

Marie Crawford

Secretary

New Milford Senior Center Advisory Board

Extends thanks

for ‘beautification

of our downtown’

To the Editor:

The people of New Milford love our Village Green and take a lively interest in it.

The Garden Club of New Milford looks after the gardens around town hall, the war memorials and the large concrete tubs on the sidewalks. Often, when we are planting or watering, passersby will stop and tell us how much they appreciate our work.

In the last several years, many of the businesses around the Green and on the adjoining streets have been planting a wonderful variety of gardens, hanging baskets and containers.

These displays have made a great difference to the area, making it much more cheerful and inviting.

The Garden Club appreciates all the time and expense this community has invested in the beautification of our downtown.

Ann Clifford

Corresponding secretary

Garden Club of New Milford