Remembering the ultimate sacrifice in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Damp and dreary weather couldn’t darken the spirits for the Middletown Memorial Day Parade. Thousands lined Main Street for the parade that’s over a hundred years old.

“I love coming out to the parade because I’m just very patriotic,” said Giordano Pugliares, a 5th grader attending the parade with his family. “And I love all the stuff they do, like the band.”

Of course the upbeat marching bands were out in force Monday. But the parade was led by a solemn procession of bagpipes, signaling the true meaning for Memorial Day.

Just a few miles from the celebrations in downtown Middletown sits the State Veteran Cemetery. It is the final resting place of thousands who served this country and many who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Harry Pokorny knows that sacrifice all too well. When he was just a baby, his father — Harry Senior — was killed in action during World War Two.

“The second World War. He was a navigator on one of the big bombers,” Pokorny said, holding back tears as he watched the parade. “It crashed.”

The father’s death, ultimately saving the son from potential horrors of Vietnam. A war that would claim over 58,000 American lives.

“Eighteen years old, I got drafted for Vietnam,” Pokorny said. “But ended up I didn’t have to go because I was a sole surviving son. It kept me from having to serve in Vietnam.”

The Middletown parade has been a tradition for generations. T’Nyra Jackson’s parents used to bring her as a child. Now she’s passing that on by bringing her three year old daughter, with American flag in hand.

“Watching everybody in there. I have family in here,” Jackson said. “The veterans coming out. I have people in the military that I represent out here for them.”

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s