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    2019 Young American Award Winner – John Slater, VP, Patriot Bank, Chris Johnson, VP Patriot Bank, Rick Muskus, President, Patriot Bank,  Clayton O’Brien, Shelton HS, Rob O’Brien, Sam Lapgilia, Lt Col John Simonetti, President WCMOA

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    YAA 2019 Awardees

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2021 YAA Program

Regretfully the Western CT Military Officers Association will not be holding the Young American Awards Program this year.  Our Executive Board met and after much discussion we decided the pandemic has presented us with too many restrictions and limitations. As you know, the program is built around genuine contact with the awardees, school counselors and administration, and student parents and we feel it would be impossible to do justice to the program, especially without our unique recognition of the students and their parents at our in-person military banquet.

After having a YAA function each year for over 45 years, this was obviously a difficult decision to make. But the good news is we are very much anticipating having a bigger and better Young American Awards Program in 2022!

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T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE,
MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY,
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO,
IN THIS HOME, DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES,
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT,
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR,
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED,
A TRUE AMERICAN SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO,
OF WHOM I’D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALISED THE FAMILIES,
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS,
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE,
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM,
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN’T HELP WONDER,
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE,
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT,
A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES,
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED,
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
“SANTA DON’T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON’T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS..”

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN’T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL,
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED,
FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S CHILL.

I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE,
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR,
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, “CARRY ON SANTA,
IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.”

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
“MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.”

100th Anniversary of Wilton Post 86

Past WCMOA President and current American Legion Post 86 Commander CAPT Bill Glass Presides over 100th Anniversary of Wilton Legion Post!  Read about it HERE.

Young American Awards 2020

We held our 45th Young American Awards in a virtual event on 7 June 2020. WCMOA honored 24 Fairfield County high school graduates with over $14,000 in scholarship funds.  We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, Quest Diagnostics and Patriot Bank!
YAA 2020 Video

 

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Membership

Eligibility:  Men and women who have served or are serving on active duty, or in one of the National Guard or Reserve components, as a commissioned or warrant officer in one of the seven US uniformed services, as well as widows or widowers of any deceased member of one of those services.

Dues – WCMOA has several different membership opportunities – Annual/Multi-year, and Lifetime:

Annual:   $20     ($20/year)
3 Year:     $50     ($16.66/year)
5 Year:     $75     ($15/year)
LIFETIME:   $200
Over 80+ and Auxiliary Members:  FREE

To join our ranks, please fill out and send us a Membership Form.

WCMOA, PO Box 2145, Norwalk, CT 06852-2145

Or Contact Susan Monks, Membership Chair, on or +1-203-257-2089.

Chapter Activities

The chapter holds business and social meetings quarterly.    Regular quarterly meetings are held at a variety of venues within Fairfield county and we always have an engaging guest speaker.

In June, the chapter conducts an impressive formal military dinner and ceremony to honor our Young American Awardees.  The Young American Awards Program (YAA) honors  graduating seniors from over 30 area High Schools, selected for their patriotism and leadership potential.  Be sure to check the chapter’s newsletter for location and program information, or or contact Susan Monks, Membership Chair, on or +1-203-257-2089.

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