The Bristol Press – Veterans Strong Community Center, Wernicki family bring back Patriots Day Awards from Bristol
BRISTOL â ???? The Veterans Community Center and the Wernicki family are bringing back the Patriots Day awards from Bristol and enlisting the community’s help in selecting this year’s winners.
Patriots’ Day is held in recognition of the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. This event has been called “The Gunshot Heard Around the World” by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was the first battle that started the United States War of Independence.
Patriots’ Day is also used as an occasion to honor veterans and military personnel in local communities. Four Bristol Patriots were nominated in 2018 and 2019 to receive the Patriots Day Awards. Now, after a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, the Veterans Community Center hopes to bring back what they hope will become a long-standing annual tradition.
“I think Patriots’ Day is about giving back to your community holistically, not just from a military perspective,” said Amy Wernicki, Chairman of the Board of Veterans Strong Community Center, Inc. “When we look at the Day Patriots, they served their communities. We will see how the candidates have improved Bristol in addition to serving our country. ”
Letters of nomination are now being accepted for the selection of this year’s Patriots’ Day laureates. Residents of Bristol are urged to consider naming a living or deceased veteran, military or local service woman. In their letter, they are asked to write how this person was heroic in the service of our country.
Letters should be sent no later than March 25 to the attention of Maggie Wernicki: The Patriotsâ ???? Day Initiative 87 Great Pine Path, Plantsville, CT 06479. People can also send letters to [email protected]
Wernicki said Stacey Perrone-Petta, of Wolcott, was the first to propose Patriots Day recognition in Connecticut. Wernicki said Sen. Rob Sampson, of Southington and Wolcott, was “? ? instrumentalâ ???? to pass a law to formalize the public holiday. Wolcott then became the first community to adopt a Patriots Day ceremony in Connecticut, with Bristol being the second.
Gina Salvatore hosted the Patriots Day Awards 2018 in Bristol and Maggie Wernicki hosted them in 2019 for the second year in partnership with the Veterans Strong Community Center. Maggie Wernicki then became a member of the board of directors of the Veterans Strong Community Center.
The 2019 Bristol Patriots Day Awards winners were John Phelan, Dave Carello, Bob Barnett and Frank Nicastro.
The 2018 Patriots Day Award recipients were Art Ward, Tim Gamache, John Lodovico and Bob Coffey.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]