Touching memorial remembers one of Shelton’s own

A moving tribute was made to Lt. Thomas Brown on Veterans Day in 2013, when someone placed his photo on a memorial bench that honors him at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk).

Brown, a Shelton resident, died in 2008 at age 26 from wounds sustained when his Army rifle platoon came under small arms fire in Iraq.

“He loved growing up in Shelton and often said he would like to come back and raise his children there one day,” his mother, Carol Brown, said a year ago during the 2012 Veterans Day ceremony in Shelton.

American flags also were placed at the foot of the memorial bench, which had been donated by Lex Products.

Brown was a 2000 graduate of Notre Dame High School of Fairfield and a 2004 graduate of George Mason University. He was active in youth sports in Shelton and liked to snowboard, skydive and scuba dive. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry Badge posthumously.

The city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony is held in Veterans Memorial Park, where there are monuments recognizing the sacrifices of armed services members from Shelton in four wars. This year’s ceremony took place on Monday, Nov. 11.