Bud Neal told those in attendance at the post-parade ceremony on the Cannon Green that all the freedoms they have, they have because of veterans.
He quoted, in part, the following words from an unknown source:
"It is the veteran , not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech."
At the Sunday, May 27, veterans' memorial ceremony, Neal gestured to the empty seat next to him that was draped in a POW flag. He said people refer to POWs as prisoners of war or missing in action.
"But we call them comrades," he said. "We join together to pay humble tribute to them. More than 83,000 men and women are unaccounted for. If we took the towns of Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, Bethlehem, Woodbury, Washington, Roxbury, Warren, Cornwall, Southbury, Middlebury and Newtown, that wouldn't come up to the amount of men and women that are unaccounted for."
Woodbury's Memorial Day ceremony included a dedication of the at the Cannon Green, the parade and the memorial ceremony.
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