|MOH recipient Paul Bucha Photo: Eugenie Diserio|
Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Paul Bucha was the keynote speaker at the New Canaan (CT) High School’s Annual Veterans Symposium on May 27,2011 that honored 80 veterans from every branch of the military.
From Eugenie Diserio’s article, Veterans Honored at NCHS Symposium in the New Canaan Patch:
“Medal of Honor recipients are no different than other people who believe in a better world,” Bucha explained. “They refused to accept death and instead challenged destiny to change things.”
“The lesson,” he said, “is each of us has the potential to change this world.”
Bucha and many of his fellow veterans of the Vietnam War were not welcomed nor thanked when they returned home. Today his mission is to insure veterans in combat or not receive the respect and thanks they deserve for their service.
“Never again will we allow a nation to forget,” he said.
Principal Tony Pavia, who organized the event stated:
“These are heroes you have in front of you today, all of these people at the same age as you, left their homes to go to parts unknown,” he said.
Pavia asked the students to remember what this weekend is all about — to honor people who gave their lives for our country.
The ceremony also featured a performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Band from Parris Island.
Pavia said he brought in the Parris Island Marine Corps Band to honor the 80 veterans who came to the event. The band played a medley of the songs from each branch of the military. The veterans stood up when their song was played.
After the ceremony Mr. Bucha signed copies of the book, “Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty.”
MOH recipient Paul Bucha and New Canaan High School Principal, Tony Pavia are both members of the Homer L. Wise Memorial Committee, which is in the process of raising funds to erect a bronze statue in Stamford, CT of Master Sergeant Homer L. Wise awarded the Medal of Honor on June 14, 1944. Sergeant Wise was one of the most decorated infantrymen of World War II.
Please visit the website to learn more about the extraordinary story of this humble hero at The Homer L. Wise Memorial Committee
Photo credit: Eugenie Diserio, About Town, New Canaan Patch