John Todor, son of Purple Heart Veteran John F. Tudor, raises the Purple Heart flag in front of Torrington City Hall on Friday, Aug. 6 during a National Purple Heart Day observance.
John Todor, son of Purple Heart Veteran John F. Tudor, raises the Purple Heart flag in front of Torrington City Hall on Friday, Aug. 6 during a National Purple Heart Day observance.
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TORRINGTON — The city held its National Purple Heart Day observance ceremony in front of City Hall on Friday, Aug. 6.
The Purple Heart is a decoration awarded to those who were wounded or killed while serving in the military.
August 7 is recognized as National Purple Heart Day, but Torrington’s ceremony was held one day early.
At the ceremony, a color guard stood on the steps of City Hall as John Todor, son of Purple Heart veteran John F. Todor, raised the Purple Heart Flag.
The National Anthem was performed by Marilyn Alduini Plaskiewicz, while Assistant City Clerk Jonathan Draper read the names of Torrington veterans who were awarded the Purple Heart.
Veteran Michael Galitello, who served in the Army during the Korean War, was one of the many veterans at the ceremony.
“I’m here to honor my friends who received the Purple Heart,” Galitello said. “What does this ceremony mean to me? It means freedom and bravery, determination to maintain our freedom. And that is why we were all called to serve. We would all do it again. I appreciate the city doing this, but I think all cities should do this to honor the ones who saved the country.”
“We are here to acknowledge and support the veterans who have all served the country,” State Rep. Jay Case said. “It’s the least we can do for them. We are going through a pandemic right now. But this pandemic is nothing compared to what some of these veterans have gone through in live combat. These veterans are the heroes that all allow us to be here.”

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