Korean War Veteran Paul Haynes with his son, Peter Haynes. Paul Haynes was honored as the Riverton Grange's Veteran of the Month on Sunday, July 25 at the Barkhamsted Senior Center. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
Korean War Veteran Paul Haynes with his son, Peter Haynes. Paul Haynes was honored as the Riverton Grange's Veteran of the Month on Sunday, July 25 at the Barkhamsted Senior Center. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
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RIVERTON — Those who served will be honored at The Riverton Grange’s Veteran of the Month ceremonies every first Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Barkhamsted Senior Center.
On Sunday, July 25, the Grange held a special Veteran of the Month ceremony for Korean War Veteran Paul Haynes.
According to event co-organizer and Riverton Grange Community Services Committee Chairman Dave Roberts, the Veteran of the Month was held at a special date on July 25 at the request of the Haynes family who all were in town during the week.
“His entire family was up here visiting him and his children all wanted to honor him,” Roberts said. “I think it’s really important for us, but also the children and grandchildren of these veterans, to know what sacrifice is all about. We have the freedoms that we have today thanks to the sacrifices made by these veterans.”
According to his son Peter, who traveled from Colorado to be with his father at the ceremony, Paul Hayes started his military service in 1951 when he enlisted in the Air Force.
He traveled around with some of his military service in Greenland, and Iceland.
“He ended up at Loring Air Force Base in Northeastern Maine, where he met our mother [Marquis],” Peter Haynes said. “While Maine is a lovely state, he brought her back here to Connecticut where they started our family.”
“Both Paul and his wife Marquis lived in Barkhamsted for over 60 years and raised their family here,” First Selectman Don Stein said. “Paul did what makes America great, and he did what makes us a great town. The Korean War era was not an easy time for the country, but we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our veterans. Without them, we wouldn’t have the freedoms that we have today.”
At the event, members of Haynes’ extended family all attended along with residents, members of the town’s Senior Center, Lions Club, and the Riverton American Legion Post.
The Royal Coachman Tavern at the Old Riverton Inn helped to pay for the ceremony, which included a presentation of an American flag to Haynes, a rifle volley, and a performance of the National Anthem as members of the American Legion raised the American flag on a flagpole in front of the Senior Center in Haynes’ honor.
“It’s the toughest job anyone could have, and I can’t thank you enough,” an emotional Peter Haynes said to his father.
For more information about the series contact Dave Roberts at dave@daveroberts.org or 858-775-9241



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