Vet­er­ans show­cased in video me­mo­rial ‘Dig­i­tal Wall of Honor’ in Ber­lin’s Town Hall lobby do­nated by fam­ily of man who served in World War II

Hartford Courant - - Connecticut - By Bill Leukhardt wLeukhardt@courant.com

BER­LIN – A video me­mo­rial hon­or­ing 70 lo­cal vet­er­ans, with more names and pic­tures to be added, is now on dis­play in the Town Hall lobby.

The “Dig­i­tal Wall of Honor”, broad­cast on a 46-inch tele­vi­sion was do­nated by the fam­ily of World War II vet­eran Edward Hornkohl who died in Oc­to­ber. It was in­stalled Nov. 3 af­ter months of plan­ning by the Ber­lin Vet­er­ans Com­mis­sion.

The goal is to in­clude as many names and pic­tures of peo­ple from Ber­lin who served in the na­tion’s mil­i­tary since the coun­try’s found­ing. The dig­i­tal dis­play re­places a smaller, less in­clu­sive dis­play of photo prints .

The video slideshow dis­plays sub­mit­ted pic­tures, names, and in­for­ma­tion about ser­vice, de­ploy­ment and ci­ta­tions for Ber­lin res­i­dents and na­tives who served in WWII, Korea, Viet­nam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other com­bat sit­u­a­tions and peace­time ser­vice.

The com­mis­sion will add more in­for­ma­tion as it is sub­mit­ted, com­mis­sion mem­ber Peter Gal­gano, a USMC Viet­nam vet­eran whose in­for­ma­tion is on the dis­play.

“We have 70 vet­er­ans al­ready and would like to have more,” Gal­gano said. One of those in­cluded is Her­bert Carl­son, whose in­for­ma­tion was sub­mit­ted in Oc­to­ber. Carl­son, a WWII vet­eran, died on Nov. 1 and “his fam­ily is so grate­ful that his pic­ture is on the wall,” Gal­gano said.

The new wall will be ded­i­cated some­time af­ter Vet­er­ans Day, which i s Nov. 11. Town cer­e­monies are sched­uled for 11 .a.m. that day in Vet­er­ans Park.

The video plays through all the pic­tures, then will loop over again. There is a low-vol­ume mil­i­tary mu­si­cal sound­track. Vis­i­tors to Town Hall have been stop­ping by the dis­play since it was turned on.

“I brought a woman to the dis­play whose late hus­band’s pic­ture was on it., “as­sis­tant town clerk Cheryl De­fu­rio said Thurs­day. “She wanted to see it.”

Peo­ple can get more in­for­ma­tion from com­mis­sion mem­ber Charles Co­laresi at 860-224-9494. or Gal­gano at pe­ter­gal­gano@com­cast.net or 860-604-7258

A video of the dis­play is on YouTube.com.

BILL LEUKHARDT/HARTFORD COURANT

In­for­ma­tion on World War II vet­eran Her­bert Carl­son is in­cluded in Ber­lin’s new video wall of honor in the Town Hall lobby.

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