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Greenwich Vets Give Thanks to Those Who Served

During Memorial Day observances in Greenwich on Friday, several servicemen were honored. One of those honored was U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Turner, a Greenwich native, who spoke of the American flag’s meaning.

“This flag has represented this nation for 235 years, she represents power and freedom along the globe … on this special weekend she represents those who are silent, she represents those who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Turner.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Joe Darula of Greenwich served from December 2000 to December 2004 as a scout sniper during two tours in Iraq and was one of the first soldiers in Fallujah, Iraq. He was grateful for the support he received when he came home to Greenwich. “When you get back you need that support. A lot of guys don’t want to reach out, but I did and a lot of my friends didn’t want to, but it really does help, your support sending stuff over, so I just want to say thank you, and God bless America.”

U.S. Army Sgt. William “BJ” Fuscaldo of Riverside served in Baghdad from October 2006 to December 2007. He said, “This holiday is not just about having barbecues and picnics with your family, it’s about remembering the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.”

Turner pointed out veterans in the crowd and said, “All of you, all of your understand service and sacrifice … I want to say thank you because you were the ones who set the standard that allowed those who continued to serve to do what they do today and I hope, I pray, that we can show the same honor and respect that you have shown us during this conflict.”

Fuscaldo and Sgt. Maj. Caterina Veronesi recited the U.S. Soldiers’ Creed:

I am an American Soldier.

I am a Warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.

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