CT Veterans Picnic Set For May 26

Local 714 member (and Iraq vet) Dwight "DJ" Frederick and family.

Saturday, May 26 will be a time for Council 4 and other union members to say thanks to Connecticut veterans as we sponsor the 9th annual Connecticut Veterans Memorial Picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The picnic will take place rain or shine at the State Veterans Home, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT.

Council 4 sponsors this annual picnic every Memorial Day weekend. It is a festive day, as union members volunteer to prepare and serve food all day to residents and their families. 

The picnic is part of Council 4's continuing campaign to raise awareness and improve programs, services and the quality of life for veterans living across the state. The project was initiated in 2004 by AFSCME Local 387, representing Cheshire-area Department of Corrections employees.

Delegates to the 2010 AFSCME Convention affirmed our union's national commitment to supporting veterans with a resolution encouraging AFSCME Local Unions to "adopt" veterans homes and causes across the country.

"Connecticut AFSCME members have made a special commitment to the men and women who serve our country," said state Correction Officer and Local 1565 member Steve Curran, chair of the Council 4 Veterans Picnic Committee. "The picnic is a way for us to thank military veterans and to renew our pledge to make a difference in their lives."

Council 4 members and staff volunteer to prepare and serve food at the picnic.

For more information on volunteering or supporting our veterans picnic, contact Megan Batchelder of Council 4 at (860) 224-4000.