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Patriots Day ceremony honors local veterans, Post 2 Honor Guard


By BRIAN M. JOHNSON              Apr 24, 2023

The honorees at the Bristol Patriot Day Ceremony. - Photo submitted by Neal Supranovich.

BRISTOL - Several local veterans and the American Legion Post 2 Honor Guard were recognized Monday at the Fourth Annual Patriots Day ceremony at Manross Library.

Patriots Day is celebrated on the third Monday in April. It marks the Battle of Lexington and Concord, April 19, 1775. Referred to as “The Shot Heard Round the World” by

Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, it was the first battle that started the Revolutionary War. Patriot's Day became an official holiday in Connecticut in 2017.

This Patriot's Day ceremony saw Navy Veteran Scott Rosado, Vietnam Army Veteran Dave Peplau, Active National Guard Member Jimmie Smith, Korea Navy Veteran and former Mayor William Stortz, and Korea Army Veteran Rene Soto honored.

This was also the first time that a group has been recognized as a Patriots Day honoree in Bristol. The American Legion Post 2 honor guard was recognized for their dedication and service across the State of Connecticut.

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