Sen. Hwang to Deliver Keynote Speech at Fourth of July Ceremony in Fairfield

June 26, 2015

FAIRFIELD – A patriotic tradition started more than 120 years ago will continue once again when the Fairfield United Veterans Organization hosts its Annual Independence Day Celebration on the grounds of Fairfield’s historic Town Green on Saturday, July 4.

The celebration, which is co-hosted by the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) will deliver the keynote speech.

While the town’s fireworks display will light up the night sky on July 3, the ceremony on July 4 provides a meaningful and moving opportunity to celebrate the historical significance of this great American holiday.

“It’s a really nice and historic event in town,” said Joe Bender, President of the Fairfield United Veterans Organization. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to show your patriotism for the United States of America.”

Bender, who has been involved with the event for about 12 years, is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and Commander of VFW Post 9427.

“I am honored to have been asked to speak at this 4th of July ceremony and I look forward to delivering remarks that celebrate the importance of our veterans and Independence Day to our town, our nation and to our way of life as citizens of the United States,” Sen. Hwang said. “I hope the community will join us for the celebration and help carry on this important tradition.”

Bender said community leaders expected to attend include Fire Chief Richard Felner, Police Chief Gary MacNamara, and First Selectman Michael Tetreau, along with members of American Legion Post 143, American Legion Post 74, VFW Post 9427, and DAV Unit 19 and Commanders.

Natalie Steele, a 7th grader at Fairfield Woods Middle School, will sing the “Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.” A highlight of the celebration returns again too, when members of Fairfield Teen Theater will read the Declaration of Independence, dressed in traditional garb of the day.

Following the ceremony, the Eunice Dennie Chapter of the DAR will host an Open House at the Old Fairfield Academy. Refreshments will be provided.

The Town Green is located at the corner of Old Post and Beach roads in downtown Fairfield.