Extends thanks to all who made 9/11 ceremony 'a success'

To the Editor:

On behalf of the 9/11 Memorial Maintenance Committee, I would like to thank all who participated in our ceremonies, helping to make it a success.

I would like to recognize all of our first responders, including ambulance, fire and police, for their dedication and sacrifice to our community and to all our men and women in the Armed Forces serving our country.

Thanks to the New Milford Police Department’s Color Guard, Sgt. Warren Hengel of the U.S. Marine Corps, Jeff McBreairty of American Legion Post 31 and Jim Delancy of VFW Post 1672 who participated in the changing of the colors, assisted by Don Hayes and Frank Morris.

The new flag was raised by Brian Bollard of Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 and by Alan Harris of Northville Volunteer Fire Department.

Thank you to Phair Elizabeth Haldin, who did a fantastic rendering of our National Anthem and Father Gerald Dziedzic of St. Francis Xavier Church who offered the invocation.

Thanks to Mayor David Gronbach and State Rep. Bill Buckbee, who offered brief memorials.

I would like to acknowledge Brenden Maguire for the great job of realigning all the pavers and mulch, Bob Roache for his dedication to the plants and shrubs that adorn our monument.

Many thanks for the donations by B&B Mason for the pavers, Scott’s Nursery for the mulch and Stop & Shop for the flowers, and Christian Mastriano for setting up the sound system, despite all the problems he encountered.

To close the ceremony, St. Francis Xavier Church’s choir sang “God Bless America” and “Our Hearts Were Broken Today,” with words and music by Doreen Gray.

Thanks also to Patrick Maguire who concluded the ceremony with “Amazing Grace.”

Daniel Sullivan


New Milford 9/11 Memorial Maintenance Committee