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Darien Veterans Honor Marines' 237th Birthday

Darien Veterans of Foreign Wars celebrated the 237th anniversary of the founding of the Marines on Saturday.
Darien Veterans of Foreign Wars celebrated the 237th anniversary of the founding of the Marines on Saturday. Photo Credit: Ken Liebeskind

DARIEN, Conn. – Former Marines and other members of the Darien Veterans of Foreign Wars celebrated the 237th anniversary of the Marines founding, which occurred in 1775.

The annual event, which was held Saturday at the Darien VFW on Noroton Avenue, included the reading of an original poem, "Names," by Stamford's James Sparrow, who served from 1965 to 1969, including a year in Vietnam. The poem focuses on the names of the 57,939 casualties of the Vietnam War that were engraved on the Memorial Wall and included the line, "We came to bury our dead with dignity in perpetuity."

Joan Caselton, of Stamford, attended the event in honor of members of her family from multiple generations who have served, from her husband who served in the Army during the Korean War to her sons who served in the Navy to an uncle who spent four years in a Japanese prison camp in World War II.

"They have to be remembered," she said.

The VFW members cut a cake at the conclusion of the ceremony to wish the Marines happy birthday.

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