The Connecticut Air & Space Centers core mission is to Honor, Preserve and Educate. Memorial Day is more than the first official beach day, a day off, or a reason to go shopping.
On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. Memorial Day observances in small New England towns are often marked by dedications and remarks by veterans, state legislators, and selectmen
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.(1)
This Memorial Day we honor Staff Sgt. Edward F. Digney – U.S. Army. Ed was born in 1922 and worked as an aircraft mechanic for Vought Sikorsky until he enlisted in the US Army. Staff Sergeant Edward F. Digney, HQ Company, 3d Battalion with the 397th Infantry Regiment was killed in France in combat during the D Day invasion push in 1944. His brother Bill , CASC Member and Chance Vought / Sikorsky retiree carried his brother Ed’s Vought Sikorsky tool box up to the time of his death in November of 2012.
Ed’s tool box holds a place of honor in our collection and can be seen during visits to the CASC.
Please Join the Connecticut Air & Space Center for the Stratford Memorial Day Parade. This year is is the Museums honor to sponsor the Soltis Collection’s 1942 MB Jeep as she carries 2 Vietnam Veterans, Richard Jersey and Robert Bracci, both very active embers of the VFW and the CASC. Afterwards please try and catch up with the Jeep and say hi.
The Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for May 26. Memorial Services will begin at 10:30am on Academy Hill and immediately after the Parade steps off heading north on Main Street and ending at Paradise Green. The Stratford VFW organizes the Parade. Watch for the Jeep!