MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A special ceremony in Milford on Saturday served as a reminder of what the Fourth of July is really about, going back to the infancy of the country.
“I love America,” said John D’Amico Jr., Milford Volunteer Fife and Drum Corps. “I love history, and it’s fun.”
He’s marched through Milford on July 4th, playing fife and drum music, every year since 1982. His passion has spread to his daughter.
“We get to honor our veterans in a different way kind of, and we get to see why we’re independent,” said Samantha D’Amico.
They don’t only remember our founding fathers, but lay wreaths for different groups who sacrificed during our nation’s wars. Each group reads the names of those who died the past year.
The ceremony was short, 30 minutes, but they took that time to remember, reflect, and honor as the group gathered at the town’s Revolutionary War monument.
“We’re celebrating Revolutionary War veterans who are actually not recognized by the Veteran’s Administration, so it’s important to me that we honor these veterans,” John said.
“We want to take a few minutes out of our day to honor the men who sacrificed their lives so we might be able to enjoy the life, the liberty, and pursuit of happiness,” said Tom Flowers.
A reminder of what the Fourth stands for.