The mayor of Stamford, Michael Pavia, revealed intentions to pay tribute to the memory of a son of Stamford, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his country: fallen Navy SEAL Brian Bill.
The mayor alluded to plans to form a committee, who will design a monument in memory of, and to pay tribute to, Navy SEAL Brian Bill. This was shared by Rev. Richard Futie, to the Board of Representatives.
Rev. Futie shared: “Let us all dedicate ourselves to promoting Brian Robert Bill, United States Navy SEALs, beloved of Stamford, as true and legendary.” He also said that he would like to work on having Bill added to the curriculum in Stamford history classrooms, with the help of acting Superintendent of Schools, Winnie Hamilton.
More than one month since his death, events are still being held around Stamford in his memory. On October 17th, for instance, Bill will be honoredwith the 2011 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award winner, during the seventh annual Sports Night awards dinner of the Fairfield County Sports commission.
Bill is the first Stamford native who perished in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, although around 55 military personnel, with ties to the state of Connecticut, have been killed during the Global War on Terror.
Futie, the pastor of Sacred Heart Church, shared the following details of Bill’s burial at Arlington National Cemetery: “We were some 2,000 composed of young and old, relations and friends of every description, a thick ribbon of black winding our way through the drives of the cemetery… The coffins were arranged in a row near the plot that would contain them all at burial. The Navy in immaculate white uniforms, black armbands and black ribbons on the hilts of the ceremonial swords.”