Peter Galgano takes great pride in Berlinâ€™s military history. A town full of veterans and those connected to them, he wants to make sure everyone in town has the opportunity to be recognized for the sacrifices they made.
A board member for the Berlin Veterans Commission, Galgano, who served in the Vietnam War, is in charge of managing the Berlin Veterans Digital Wall of Honor. He is always looking for more contributions to further illustrate and remember how Berlin residents have contributed to the armed forces and he thought people might have some extra time to look through photos and other memorabilia as everyone is still encouraged to stay at home as much as possible
â€śI had a lot of people telling me that they were going to send me information and they were always too busy,â€ť Galgano said. â€śBecause of the COVID-19 and a lot of people having to stay home and everything, maybe people have more time to look for the pictures of their relatives or even themselves.â€ť
The digital wall of honor is currently a 47-minute long video displaying a photo and the military credentials of all 248 honorees. The video, which is edited and updated by Galgano, is on display at the Berlin Town Hall and can also be found on the Berlin Veterans Commission page on the town website as well as YouTube.
â€śEverybody who goes to town hall or anybody who goes to the link can see how much history the town of Berlin has in the military,â€ť Galgano said. â€śWe date back to a lot of Berlin residents from World War I all the way up to the current day. We also have schools now coming to the town hall now looking at the video on the wall. So itâ€™s an educational thing and itâ€™s a way of honoring and respecting all the veterans and current military who served so we can have the freedoms we have today.â€ť
Galgano, who said he suffered the shame and disrespect of being a Vietnam veteran, wants the wall to serve as an educational tool, but also as a way to show local veterans they are valued and thanked for their sacrifices.
The wall honors any and all current and former Berlin residents and their immediate family members who served in any branch of the military, including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Army Reserves.
â€śI donâ€™t want them to lose so many years of their lives not admitting to it and hiding it,â€ť Galgano said. â€śThey should be proud of their service and what theyâ€™ve done.â€ť
Galgano started the digital wall in November of 2018 because the Veterans of Foreign Wars would post photos in the Berlin Town Hall of residents who were currently serving in the military and he wanted a way to recognize all of Berlinâ€™s contributors to the armed forces.
To make a submission, contact Galgano at 860-604-7258 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line â€śBerlin Veterans Wall of Honor.â€ť