Bristol honors fallen soldier, town veterans

By News Staff

Reporting by Kainani Stevens

A somber Veterans Day ceremony was held in Bristol Wednesday morning as the community honored those who have served, including a fallen hero who was killed in action just a few months ago.

Nearly three months to the day since 1st Sergeant Peter Andrew McKenna Jr. was killed while serving in Afghanistan, his hometown honored him for making the ultimate sacrifice.

The Bristol War Veterans Memorial Garden played host to dozens for a formal wreath laying in honor of all the community’s veterans.

"I’m very proud. I moved here 20 years ago and I should have moved here 40 years ago because the town is that great," said Vietnam Veteran Karl Antonovich.

The garden features a large memorial wall bearing the names of every military member who has enlisted in the town of Bristol. The stars beside the names indicate a soldier killed in the line of duty.

This year a star was added for 1st Sergeant McKenna who was killed in August.

"We honor veterans all year, and that’s why we have our garden. It’s important and we wanted to make sure we got it up there before Veteran’s Day," said Stephen Skuba, Secretary of the Bristol Veterans Council.

The somber gesture leaving a mark on the tight knit community, glad to honor one of their own for giving the ultimate sacrifice.

"That means a lot. It really does. His family–I’m just glad everyone has treated his family with a lot of respect. He was a good man and that’s what this country is made of," said Antonovich.

Sgt. McKenna has posthumously been given the Purple Heart and was also nominated for a Silver Star award.

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