May 10, 2010:  This just in by email. Abner & Cindy Oakes, 1 of our timeshare owners are being honored. Those that follow this page will remember the article on Abner being the captain of the Dartmouth Hockey Team in 1956.

Abner & Cynthia Oakes Selected as Grand Marshals
     of Hamden's 2010 Memorial Day Parade
    Mayor Scott Jackson announced that Mr. And Mrs. Abner Oakes have been selected as Grand Marshals of Hamden's 74th annual Memorial Day Parade on May 31, 2010. After her brother was declared a POW/MIA in 1971, Cynthia Oakes became the Greater New Haven Coordinator for Voices in Vital America. Over 13,000 POW/MIA bracelets were distributed with the help of the Hamden Junior Women's Club. Many Americans still wear the engraved silver bracelets. On Sunday, January 28, 1973, with the help of Mayor William Adams and the Citizens of Hamden, Freedom Park was dedicated on the corner of Dixwell and Whitney Avenues, the first park in the State of Connecticut dedicated to the American servicemen who are POW/MIAs. 

   Abner Oakes is Chairman of the Hamden Veterans Commission, and a retired Naval Officer with 32 years of service to his Country. He flew as a Navigator and was an Air Intelligence Officer. Mr. Oakes is a member of American Legion Post #88, an honorary member of JWV Post #204, former President of the National Neptune Association, and a member of the Naval Air Museum. He served as Chairman of the Naval Academy's Blue and Gold Program for the State of Connecticut for 20 years. Mr. Oakes, with the participation of the Veterans Commission and Middle School teacher Dan Levy, is responsible for Hamden Veterans Awareness Day, which takes place at Quinnipiac University on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.