Veterans Day at Iwo Jima Memorial

A Veterans Day ceremony was held at the Iwo Jima Memorial in New Britain Monday. It was a beautiful fall day. The American flags fluttered gently. Dignitaries spoke. Veterans saluted. The 21 gun salute was fired. Taps was played. We will never forget you, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said. She spoke for us all.

Stanley Dabrowski, 89, of New Britain, shows on the map where his wave attacked the beach at Iwo Jima. He was at the the  Veterans Day ceremony at the Iwo Jima monument Monday.  He is a founding member of the Iwo Jima Survivors of Connecticut, who were instrumental in erecting the Iwo Jima memorial in 1995. A New Britain native, Dabrowski served as a Navy medical corpsmen in the battle of Iwo Jima.  He was treating a wounded soldier when an 81 mm mortar shell struck him in the back, but didn't explode. "I looked at that thing and I swear it was hissing at me," he said. "I always tell everybody I survived because of my mother's prayers."

Stanley Dabrowski, 89, of New Britain, shows on the map where his wave attacked the beach at Iwo Jima. He was at the the Veterans Day ceremony at the Iwo Jima monument Monday. He is a founding member of the Iwo Jima Survivors of Connecticut, who were instrumental in erecting the Iwo Jima memorial in 1995. A New Britain native, Dabrowski served as a Navy medical corpsmen in the battle of Iwo Jima. He was treating a wounded soldier when an 81 mm mortar shell struck him in the back, but didn’t explode. “I looked at that thing and I swear it was hissing at me,” he said. “I always tell everybody I survived because of my mother’s prayers.”

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