BARKHAMSTED — On Sunday July 4, at 6 PM, Riverton Grange #169 will launch a new monthly initiative to honor local veterans who have honorably served our nation. The idea for this initiative was suggested by American Legion National Committeeman Joe Jackson, a 2021 Riverton Grange nominee for the Community Citizen Award. “Because the Grange values the selfless sacrifice given by all our veteran heroes, we think this new initiative is the least that we can do to honor them and say thank you,” said Patriot’s Program Chair Dave Roberts. “For 113 years, our local Grange has been a valuable organization serving our region and we see this initiative as another way to serve others.”
Riverton Grange has partnered with Riverton American Legion Post #159, the Barkhamsted Senior Center, the Town of Barkhamsted, the Barkhamsted Lions Club and the Northwestern CT Cyber Lions Club. On the first Sunday of each month, at 6 PM, an American Flag will be raised at the Barkhamsted Senior Center at 109 West River Road in Barkhamsted and flown for one month honoring a nominated local veteran. At the end of the month, the flag will be lowered, folded by an American Legion honor team, and presented along with a National Grange Patriot’s Certificate of Honor to the veteran (if living) or their family (if the veteran is deceased). Honorees are on a first come, first served basis. A brief ceremony will be held each month at the Barkhamsted Senior Center flagpole with patriotic music, remarks about the veteran being honored, and light refreshments. All are welcome to attend.
The cost for the first year of this initiative have been underwritten by the Royal Coachman Tavern at the Old Riverton Inn. Co-owner Danamarie Towers is a veteran herself and she and her husband jumped at the chance to be the sole sponsor.
The first honoree on July 4th is 96-year old WWII veteran Douglas Roberts of Riverton who saw action in Europe. Roberts served as a radar operator in Troop D, 25th Calvary, Resonance Squadron for the U.S. Army from August 31, 1943 – April 17, 1946.
If you would like to honor a local veteran, please contact Community Services Chair Dave Roberts at either email@example.com or 858-775-9241.