Last season, the Coginchaug Regional High School football team named a local veteran as honorary captain at each home game. The veterans had their name and service announced to the crowd and written in the game program, and went onto the field for the opening coin toss.
Months later, the Blue Devils continue to show their support for veterans.
Starting this summer, and continuing through the season, team members have gone to the homes of veterans, active duty personnel, and reservists in Durham and Middlefield offering a “thank you.”
Under the Stars for Vets program, Coginchaug players paint a star on the driveway of local military members in recognition of their service. The stars are white, and good-sized, at 30 inches in diameter.
“We were looking for the opportunity to expand the recognition,” said Coginchaug football coach John Bozzi.
According to the Stars for Vets paperwork, “The Veterans’ Star will let everyone know that they are passing the home of one who has served and sacrificed.”
So far, two veterans and two servicemen have received stars in Durham and Middlefield, said Bozzi, who is reaching out to find more.
It only takes a few players to paint the star, but many have chosen to participate, something Bozzi is pleased to see.
“It’s been very heart-warming,” said the coach. “The kids have learned a sense of appreciation of what veterans have endured.”
Military families interested in receiving a star should email firstname.lastname@example.org.