Honoring our fallen heroes at the Connecticut Veterans Cemetery

Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown (Image: ctmonuments.net)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a job that takes precision, attention to detail, and a sincere sense of respect for our service members.

As we approach Memorial Day weekend, News 8 spoke with the man in charge of the Connecticut Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. Reed Johnson, Maintenance Supervisor, describes his pride in profession.

“We are here to take care of the veterans and their memories,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot of work that goes into doing a cemetery like this. We’re almost 30 acres of property, which is mostly grassed areas. Lot of string trimming. Lot of grass cutting.”

And there are many headstones to maintain.

Johnson has been the Maintenance Supervisor for the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown for almost ten years. He says his grandfather is his inspiration.

“Everything’s got to be perfect,” Johnson said. “When I’m here I think of my grandfather who served. Purple Heart recipient. Lost his leg in World War II. Everyone has the same care and the same treatment. We are working around services and the public and visitors and trying to respect their privacy.”

Over the years, Johnson said he’s happy to welcome people who just want to honor our state’s veterans, not necessarily visit someone in particular.

“I’ve had many conversations with people who are not here to visit a particular grave. They’re here to think of the sacrifices that people make for this country. It’s just great to have a place where they could come, reflect, and honor their loved ones.”

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