YOUR VIEW: Gracious mayor handled situation well

Published on Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:17
Written by USMC West Hartford

To The Editor:

On Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018 I attended the Global War on Terror Monument Dedication Ceremony at Central Park Plaza in New Britain.

In the front row attending the ceremony was an elderly veteran proudly wearing his Navy patches and religious crosses.

At times this man was confused. He wondered around aimlessly, at times not knowing where to sit. After one of the guest speakers spoke this old vet got in his face. I am not sure if he was agreeing or disagreeing with what the speaker had said but is was becoming a distraction to the audience and subsequent speaker, who was still speaking.

I believe you can tell a lot about a person by how they react to circumstances. Before any man could put an end to this problem, Mayor Erin Stewart got up from her chair, put one arm on his shoulder, her other arm gently around his waist and whispered in his ear as she gracefully escorted him back to his seat. This was done so discreetly that few noticed.

But I did.

Good job, Mayor Stewart.

Edmund R. Driscoll Jr.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Letters on Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:17. Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:20.