On Friday, January 17th, we honored 15 members of our Assembly who are veterans at our Inaugural Veterans Recognition Dinner. 2 of those Vets are from WWII. Each Veteran received certificate and a gift from the Assembly.
Thanks to SK’s Giuseppe Pampena and Scott Criscuolo for helping FN George Ribellino with organizing the event.
A special thanks to Sir Knights Al Latte and Ken Prince for leading the kitchen crew and will deliver a wonderful meal A heartfelt thanks to Vicki Perez for the beautiful and delicious cake that we will enjoy Thanks to all the SK’s serving and to my daughter Mia and friends Roman and Buckley for helping with clean up in the kitchen Your help is most appreciated in helping us honor our veterans in a special way. Gratitude to GK Walter Cerrtani and Council 46 for their hospitality in using the hall.
Thanks to News 12 CT for coming out to cover this beautiful event!
First and foremost, I want to begin tonight by recognizing all those among us who have been a part of the great brotherhood and sisterhood we call the U.S. military—our veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen and reservists. It is your service and sacrifice that has kept our country safe and free. Not only have you defended our country but as a 4th Degree Knight in Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 you continue to defend our Catholic Faith and foster the spirit of patriotism through the demonstration of one’s love for its country and by responsible citizenship.
No matter which branch you served in, whatever your job path or how many years you served, raising your hand and committing yourself to service in the military was a brave and selfless act. One that resulted in few guarantees—of where you would be assigned; whether and where you might deploy; and, in some cases, if you would return home in one piece—or at all.
Thanks Again for your service. You knew the risks but you accepted them in many cases so that others did not have to God Bless you and God Bless our great nation the United States of America. -Faithful Navigator George Ribellino -Friday, January 17, 2020.