Army Specialist Gregory Corvo, left, with John “Jack” Dougherty of the Marine Corps League New England Division.
Cromwell Welcomes Home Soldier with Town Hall Ceremony
CROMWELL - Family and friends of Army Specialist Gregory Corvo can breathe a sigh of relief, as he was welcomed home for good with a ceremony presented by the Cromwell Veteran’s Affairs Committee in the Town Hall atrium Wednesday, May 22.

       Members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and several selectmen joined Corvo’s parents, Mark and Mary Corvo, as well as many of his friends and family at the ceremony.

       Corvo, 26, has been honorably discharged after a four-year enlistment in which he served a year-long tour in Afghanistan and was deployment to Kuwait. After studying at the University of New Haven and Central Connecticut State University, Corvo enlisted in December 2008.

       He was presented with a Purple Heart after being wounded in an IED explosion during his 2009-2010 tour in Afghanistan.

       At the ceremony, Corvo was presented with a Quilt of Valor by Jane Dougherty of the Quilts of Valor Connecticut Chapter.

       The handmade quilt is one of 84,000 that have been presented to returning soldiers by Quilts of Valor nationwide, Dougherty said, adding “We can’t keep up with the demand.”

       John “Jack” Dougherty of the Marine Corps League New England Division presented Corvo with a certificate welcoming him as a member of the division.

       The handmade quilt is one of 84,000 that have been presented to returning soldiers by Quilts of Valor nationwide, Dougherty said, adding “We can’t keep up with the demand.”

       John “Jack” Dougherty of the Marine Corps League New England Division presented Corvo with a certificate welcoming him as a member of the division.

       Middlesex County Blue Star Mothers, CT Chapter 3 President Cecile Fazio, also the chair of the Cromwell Veterans Affairs Committee, also partook in the ceremony. The Blue Star Mothers will be hosting a presentation Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. in the Cromwell Town Hall gym, in which Gold Star Mother Sue Reich will present her collection of WWII quilts. Corvo was invited to be an honored guest in Cromwell’s Memorial Day parade held Thursday, May 30.

       Saturday, May 4, the Cromwell Veterans Affairs Committee also held a welcome home ceremony for Sgt. Daniel Blum, who returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.
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