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After being posthumously awarded the Croix de Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government last year, late Wiltonian and World War II veteran Charles M. Baffo was honored by more than 30 people who gathered inside Old Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 1, to celebrate the naming of Route 106 in Wilton in his honor.
“Wilton is a town full of treasures and our greatest treasures are our people,” state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) said after Wilton High School senior Griffin King opened the 11 a.m. ceremony by singing the national anthem.
Listen to Griffin's performance here.
“We have many who are generous with their time and their contributions, but some of the most amazing things have been done by people who are the most inconspicuous and most unobtrusive.”
Lavielle said those who experienced World War II and contributed to the war effort “were part of the generation that we call ‘The Greatest Generation’ for many reasons.”
One of those reasons, she said, is because “they shared the qualities of modesty and discretion — and one of those veterans was Charles Baffo.”
“He lived a relatively quiet life. He married, lived for 50 years in Wilton, raised four daughters here, and was a successful architect,” said Lavielle, “and he did extraordinary things and he never spoke