In his Jan. 20, 1961 inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy famously stated: “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
Cheshire resident Alfred Adinolfi is the embodiment of Kennedy’s message.
Adinolfi served in the Air Force during the Korean War era and went on to represent his community and state in various capacities as an elected official.
On Monday, he was inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.
According to the state website, the Hall of Fame was “established to increase the awareness of the lifetime contributions of veterans after completion of honorable military service … the Hall of Fame is not a military hall of fame; instead it seeks to recognize veterans for their countless contributions to society after their service.”
During the Korean War, Adinolfi served with the Tactical Air Command.
Following his military service, Adinolfi spent 34 years working at DNE Technologies in Wallingford, where he helped design a safer approach to rescue missions that was recognized with a commendation by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Adinolfi served as a Wetlands Commissioner and as a Town Councilor in Cheshire, and was elected to represent his community as a state representative.
The Record-Journal reports that, “During his time serving seven non-consecutive terms as a state representative, Adinolfi assisted in passing legislature designed to assist active military members and veterans. He co-sponsored bills which prohibit health providers from charging veterans for their health records as well as bills which provide property tax relief for retired or disabled veterans.”
Though he retired last year, Adinolfi continues to volunteer at local veterans homes.
“[Veterans] need more ‘give-back,’” the former state representative said. “Giving back could just mean clipping the guy’s grass. It means giving help to those that need it.”
Adinolfi was nominated for the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame by state Sen. Len Suzio, who represents the Cheshire and Meriden communities.
When it comes to Adinolfi’s worthiness for the honor, Suzio said: “He’s a natural. He not only served his country as a veteran, but as a legislator.”
Congratulations to Mr. Adinolfi. A well-deserved recognition.