Memorial Day Wreath Laying and 21-Gun Salute Carry on Despite Pandemic

Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies were subdued this year to prevent possible spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, the participants produced a moving tribute to Easton’s veterans.

Donald Rodgerson, commander of American Legion Charles L. Ruman Post 160, led the wreath laying ceremony at Town Hall. Other members who participated were Joe Puchalski, adjutant; Mike Ceruzzi, finance treasurer; Ron Berry, service officer; Sal Giardina, member; Dick Greiser, member; Ed Soderberg, senior vice commander; Hobert Summers, member; Mike Caldaroni, assistant adjutant; Tom Coyle, member and guest speaker. Mike Reputci, guest and Jackie Johnson, guest.

They visited Aspetuck and Union cemeteries, where Easton veterans are interred. At both, there were 21 gun salutes, and Taps was played as the American flag was lowered to half-mast. Police Chief Rich Doyle and First Selectman David Bindelglass also attended. Participants and guests wore masks and stood socially distanced from one another.

Summer events that showcase the spirit and bounty of Easton, including and the Citizens for Easton Annual Farm Tour have been cancelled. Easton’s 175th anniversary celebrations are in the planing stages, including virtual activities.

Easton’s farmers and residents have weathered natural and man-made disasters in the past, and no one doubts the community will thrive again.

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