MORRIS — Memorial Day services began at the Morris Burying Grounds, home of the final resting place of the town’s founder James Morris, who served as an officer in the Revolutionary War.
Boy Scouts planted flags on the graves of veterans and members of the Morris Fire Company formed an honor guard as Patricia Jaworski, wife of Lt. Colonel Charles K. Jaworski, Jr. a 32-year veteran with the Connecticut Army National Guard now deployed in Afghanistan, read a prayer sent by her husband, ending with “Let us stand in silence in memory and in honor of the soldiers of all wars and conflicts who have fought that liberty might endure.”
At the next stop, Lakeside cemetery, Morris First Selectman Tom Weik spoke about history, quoting General John Alexander Logan (1826 -1886) an American soldier and politician, who is regarded as the most important figure to recognize Memorial Day as an official holiday.
The conclusion was a three-gun salute led by Hunter Weik, a member of the U.S. Air Force with 21 years active duty, and Morris residents Corey Mathews, Daniel Barker and Morgan Marzella, immediately followed by taps played by Ed Dorsett.
Carrying on a 10-year old Morris tradition, the Reading Room Committee of the James Morris Library hosted a complimentary brunch for local veterans.
President of the Reading Room & Museum Committee Tom Weik later shared his own family stories about his uncle William Weik, who died in WWII, his great aunt Dorothy, who served as a nurse during WWII, and his brother Steven Weik who retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel.