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Because of the Brave

World War Two Birthday Celebration

October 9, 2020

"One of my goals is to educate the youth. I am hoping with this they can learn more about them and become interested in supporting our current and former service members."

-Hayley Falk

On October 9, 2020, we partnered with The Hometown Foundation and Town of Cheshire to throw a birthday celebration for three residents who are turning 100 years old and are all World War Two Veterans.

1st Lt. Florence Bryant 10/1/1920 US Army Nurse Corps

Chief Ralph Rowland 10/10/1920 US Navy SeaBees

Staff Sgt. Irvin Daubert 10/7/1920 US Army Air Corps

MC - Cory Myers Country 92.5 Morning Show Host

National Anthem - Special Olympic Athlete Carl

Guest Speaker - Rob Oris Mayor of Cheshire

Guest Speaker - State Representative Delegation

Distinguished Guest Speaker - Chris Berman ESPN

Keynote Speaker - Col. Kevin Brown US Army (ret.) Former Mohegan Sun Chairman


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On the occasion of Irv Daubert, Ralph Rowland, and Florence Bryants 100th birthdays, as a fellow veteran and former Cheshire resident, I salute and thank these three WW II veterans for their demonstrated dedication to our great country and for their loyal and faithful service to the Army Air Corps, U.S. Navy Seabees, and the Army Nurse Corps. They are shining examples of what Tom Brokaw referred to as the Greatest Generation. They served their country with distinction, came home, became role models for the youth of our great country, and provided inspiration for all within their community.

I never met 1st Lieutenant Bryant, did not know Chief Petty Officer Rowland very well, but I reiterate what I’ve said before about Staff Sergeant Daubert: Irv was my scoutmaster back in the 1950s. I contend that his leadership was instrumental in preparing me for and guiding me through the challenges of growing up and helped me prepare for the responsibilities I would go on to be entrusted with as an officer of Marines.

As we all confront and deal with the COVID 19 pandemic, being able to pause, recognize and pay tribute to these three Great Americans, I’m sure, will be the highlight of everyone’s week. As they celebrate their 100th birthdays, let us all, in their names, rededicate ourselves to the ideals this Great Country stands for, and for which they served and fought for.

May God Bless each of them, and may God continue to Bless this Great Country we call America.

Happy Birthday and Semper Fi

Barney Barnum

Colonel of Marines (ret)

Medal of Honor Recipient

Boy Scout - Troop 51, Cheshire

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Full Ceremony

Thank you to our friends at The Hometown Foundation and Bozzuto's for this production

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