Decorated colonel to speak at Veterans Day ceremony

Berlin’s Veterans Day ceremony will take place Thursday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m., at Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Way, 51 Lower Lane.

The Berlin High School Madrigal Singers, directed by Tyler Boyle, will sing the National Anthem and America the Beautiful. Members of the BHS Saxophone Quartet, directed by Christopher Dresko, will perform a medley of military service songs, and trumpeters Michael Damiana and Paul Kendrick will play Taps. Also, there will be a Joint Color Guard comprised of members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10732, and American Legion Post 68.


This year’s guest speaker is Colonel Sean M. Connolly, U.S. Army Reserve. Formerly Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Veterans Affairs, Connolly currently serves as Commander of the 4th Legal Operations Detachment, headquartered in Schenectady, New York.

Connolly, who is an attorney, graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies, and recently completed Army Reserve service as the Staff Judge Advocate with the 412th Theater Engineer Command, headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Connolly was a Prosecutor and Brigade Legal Advisor with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as well as in Kuwait and Iraq. Also, he has served as Assistant Legal Advisor and Executive Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The colonel’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and he is entitled to wear the Air Assault Badge and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.

Connolly received his undergraduate degree from Bryant University and his Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Connolly is married to Carol A. Connolly, Esq, and they have two boys; 15-year-old Sean, and Brendan, who is 12. The family is rounded out by Lucky, a rescue pup.

The Connolly’s reside in Hebron, where the colonel is a member of American Legion Post 95 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8776.

Veterans Day is a national holiday in which we show appreciation to those who have served their country in the armed forces. The holiday dates back to 1919. It was originally called Armistice Day and its date celebrates the German surrender that ended the First World War. In 1954, Congress amended the holiday to be known as Veterans Day to honor all of America's veterans.

In the event of rain, Berlin’s Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10732, 152 Massirio Dr.

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