Remember & Honor

MAY 31, 2021


Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor our fallen veterans and the opportunity to reflect upon the service and sacrifices made by all men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

For over a century the Stafford community has paid tribute to deceased veterans at each of the town's five major cemeteries. A tradition made possible by members of the American Legion Post 26 and VFW Post 990, the public is invited to these graveside observances to honor local veterans who have given their lives for our country.  

The following are the Veterans who will be honored on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, rain or shine.

Please join in saluting these heroes.


6:50 a.m.

American Legion Parking Lot

Participants: Covid-19 Safeguards Review.

7:00 a.m.

Stafford Springs Cemetery 

Honoring Paul W. Hockla, Jr, US Army, Korea


7:30 a.m. 

St. Edwards Cemetery

Honoring Raphael Helen J. Zelonka, A1C, US Air Force, Korea

8:00 a.m. 

West Stafford Cemetery

Honoring Everett F. Spellman, SP4, US Army

8:30 a.m.

Hillside Cemetery

Honoring John Sefcik, Jr, USMC, WW2

9:00 a.m.

Staffordville Cemetery - top of the hill.

Honoring Jack Jezek, SGT, US Army, WW2.

We will first assemble at the top of the hill where flowers will be distributed.

Afterwards, we will assemble at Jack Jezek's grave.

11:00 a.m. 

Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Stafford Wall of Honor, Olympic Avenue.

This year's 2021 Memorial Day Parade preceding cemetery observance has been cancelled due

to the planning timeframe required with the State of Connecticut. All COVID-19 will be in place.

For updates, visit the Stafford Memorial Day Facebook Page