Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lest we forget

Recently one of our classmates, Claire Calcinari Reed, sent Pat a clipping from the "In Memoriam" section of the New Britain Herald from a couple of weeks ago. The clipping was a photo of one of our classmates, Richie Stolarun. It was then that I realized that October 12th, 2009, was the 40th anniversary of Richie's death. The above picture and tribute was sent to the Herald by Richie's brother, Alan, and his 91year old father. It was printed in the Herald that day. After some trepidation, I decided to call Alan, who lives in the same house that Richie grew up in. I introduced myself as part of Richie's graduating class and one of his good friends (we were both into CB radio at the time). I asked if he could send me a digital copy of Richie's picture for our sites. Alan was kind enough to do so which enabled me to replace the black and white photo of Richie as seen in the Herald with this colored copy. He also has given us permission to use the photo on our site. I ask that you all please take a few moments and reflect on our freedom. That freedom is a direct result of the brave men and women who serve or have served our country in the armed forces, and of those who paid the ultimate price. Richie was the only one of our class who paid that price -please remember him.
Cliff Cayer, October 2009