BRISTOL â€“ The Mum Festival Committee will honor Bristolâ€™s World War II veterans as this yearâ€™s Home Town Heroes at this yearâ€™s Mum Festival. The festivalâ€™s Home Town Hero subcommittee is seeking the publicâ€™s help in locating any veterans that are still in the area.
â€śThe Bristol Home Town Hero embodies what Bristol is all about - its heart and soul,â€ť commented Jack Ferraro, festival chairman. â€śThose who help make life in Bristol better and have had a lasting impact on our community. So, this year we seek to honor the 4,762 men and women WWII veterans of Bristol as the heroes they are.â€ť
â€śNot only are we looking for WWII veterans that we have on our compiled list located at the Bristol Library, we are looking for the names of any WWII veterans from the Bristol area that can be identified,â€ť said Neal Supranovich, committee chair. â€śWe invite the public to check out the list at the library and we are asking for the names of any Bristol WWII veteran living or passed that we should also be included.â€ť
To have someone included on the list, contact Neal Supranovich at 860-830-0820 or email@example.com, or contact Scott Stanton at the Bristol Public library at 860-584-7787 ext. 2007.
â€śDue to the fact that many Bristol WWII veterans have passed away, we are reaching out to veterans, family members, and veteran organizations,â€ť added Supranovich. â€śWe need everyoneâ€™s help to honor these brave men and women who serviced when called.â€ť
Each year the Home Town Hero gets to present the Home Town Hero trophy to a car during the Mum Festival Car Show, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 21. The committee is also looking for one or two of this yearâ€™s veteran Home Town Heroes who would like to present the trophy, representing all of the Home Town Heroes.
The committee is also looking for any WWII veteran Home Town Heroes who would like to ride in the Mum Parade. Those interested should reach out to Supranovich.
In addition, the committee will host the annual Home Town Hero Breakfast at the American Legion, Post 2, on Sunday Sept. 22, from 8 to 11 a.m. All WWII veterans and spouse meals are paid for by the Legion.
â€śTime is passing quickly, and this is a generation that never asks for accolades or honors,â€ť Supranovich said. â€śIt is time that we honored them and we invite everyone to join in honoring this courageous group of men and women who served our country in WWII when we most needed them â€“ [including] 169 who never made it home.â€ť
The 2019 Mum Festival will take place Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 19 to 22, on Memorial Boulevard. For more information, visit www.bristolmumfestival.com .
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.