BELRIN - The Berlin Veterans Commission is selling bricks as a way to support Veterans Memorial Park and other memorials in town.
“We feel this is a wonderful way of paying tribute for veterans from their family and friends,” said Peter Galgano Jr., veterans service contact person for the town and a Veterans Commission member.
Each brick that will line the Heroes Walk at Veterans Memorial Park, next to Stop & Shop on Veterans Way, honors a living or dead veteran.
The honoree’s name, military branch, unit or post and time of service are engraved on each brick.
The walkway is divided by military branch, with a monument, flagpole and bench for each branch, all placed in a circle surrounding the American flag.
The walkway is separate from the America’s Wars walkway, which continues through the park detailing the wars America has been involved in, with more benches along the way.
“These bricks will enable people to honor veterans past and present,” the order form for a brick states.
The cost is $80, and the only criteria are that the veteran received an honorable discharge and has a copy of Form DD214.
Anyone interested in ordering a brick can get an application on the Veterans Commission page of the town website, town.berlin.ct.us.
Applications are also available at the town clerk’s office and town manager’s office at Town Hall, 240 Kensington Road, or via the American Legion, 154 Porters Pass,; Berlin VFW, 152 Massirio Drive; or from any Veterans Commission member.
The completed form should be mailed to Town of Berlin, Attn: Veterans Commission, 240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT 06037.
Proceeds will go toward maintenance of the park, including care of flags flying there, and all veterans memorials in town.
Last summer, the commission used funds from previous brick sales to replace damaged spindles on the gazebo at the park with more permanent aluminum railings.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.