Posted on September 24, 2018 by admin
This Sunday, the Town of Windsor Locks will host a Commemoration of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman to honor his memory and recognize his service to his country. The commemoration will feature a memorial dedication at Memorial Hall, a procession of service members and veterans, an Air National Guard flyover, a concert featuring the USAF Heritage of America Band and remarks from state and local dignitaries.
Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman is the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. Chapman was raised in Windsor Locks and is a 1983 graduate of Windsor Locks High School. He was killed in combat at Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, on March 4, 2002.
The dedication will begin at 1:00 pm and will be held at Memorial Hall, 1 South Main Street, Windsor Locks, CT. The dedication will be co-hosted by the American Legion Gensi-Viola Post 36 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Smalley Brothers Post 6123. Major Thomas J. Saadi, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will give the dedication address on behalf of all Connecticut veterans.
Following the dedication there will be a veterans’ procession from Memorial Hall to the new Windsor Locks Amphitheater adjacent to Town Hall on 50 Church Street, Windsor Locks, CT.
The Commemoration will begin at 2:00 pm at the amphitheater. United States Air Force Colonel Claude K. Tudor, Jr. and Chief Master Sergeant Jeffrey Guilmain will deliver keynote speeches. Colonel Tudor is the Commander and Chief Master Sergeant Guilmain is the Command Chief of the 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida, which is the special operations unit to which then Tech. Sgt. Chapman was assigned at the time of his heroic actions on Takur Ghar Mountain.
A musical program will follow the commemoration featuring the United States Air Force Heritage Brass Band and the award winning Glastonbury Pipe Band. The event will also feature a flyover of military aircraft. Food will be available for sale from several food truck vendors.
South Main Street from Elm Street to School Street will be closed from approximately 12:30 to 1:45 pm with traffic re-routed. Main Street from Elm Street to Church Street will be close from approximately 1:20 to 1:50 pm.
Parking for the event is available at Windsor Locks High School (via shuttle bus), Windsor Locks Middle School lower lots, St. Mary Church, Windsor Locks Municipal Parking (behind CVS) and Pesci Park. Reserved parking for disabled individuals is available at Windsor Locks Town Hall.