Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Recognizes Military
GROTON, Conn. – More than 200 national, state and local community leaders as well as members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and National Guard, and U.S. Coast Guard, were recognized during the 2nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Eastern Connecticut Military Appreciation Breakfast, Oct. 21.
Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, Commander, Submarine Group Two participated in the annual appreciation event along with his joint colleagues Major Gen. Thad Martin, The Adjutant General, Connecticut National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
"I am proud to see the level of representation from the national, state and community leadership to recognize members of the military and your participation today reflects the honor and respect that is due to them," said Breckenridge.
During the tribute to service, honorary remarks were made by John Casey, president, General Dynamics Electric Boat; Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, 2nd District Congressman Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), and Dr. Linda Schwartz, commissioner of Veterans Affairs for the State of Connecticut who all gathered to honor the sacrifices of the men and women serving the nation.
"Every man and woman who wears the uniform is part of a long unbroken line of achievement and honor to this Nation," said Casey.
Courtney emphasized the importance of remembering that 1 percent of the nation who currently serves in the military.
"We are moving forward as a nation and better days are ahead because of your willingness to serve our Nation," said Courtney.
During Wyman's remarks to the cross section of the military represented at the breakfast she highlighted the bond she shares with servicemembers and the sacrifices so many have made to this nation.
"Thank you for who you are and what you have done," said Wyman. "You are our heroes."
Capt. Marc Denno, Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Base New London reflected on the connection the area has with the military.
"Events like this breakfast, spearheaded by the Chamber of Commerce, highlight the affinity that Southeastern Connecticut has for its service members," said Denno. "It's great to have our Sailors and community share such a positive and productive relationship."
Schwartz, who retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1986, provided the closing remarks for the appreciation breakfast and reflected on the common bond all military members share and the meaning of duty, honor and courage.
"The words, duty, honor and courage are not just what you say, but are earned by true blood and sacrifice for those who stood tall for this nation."
More than 4,000 active-duty military members are stationed in Eastern, Conn.; the Chamber of Commerce Eastern Connecticut's Military Affairs Council is active in recognizing their contributions to the region.