Legislators request tribute for fallen Trumbull soldier

Trumbull legislators and the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation are asking the town to honor fallen Trumbull soldier, Cheyenne Seymour with a tree planting.

State Reps. Tony Hwang (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123) and Lawrence Miller (R-122) and State Sen. Anthony Musto (D-22) joined with the foundation this week to ask the town to plant a tree in the U.S. Army private’s honor. Seymour, 18, was a town resident and Trumbull High School alum. She died in a car accident in 2005 in Tennessee.

Her death led Trumbull resident Mike Mastroni to start the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation, which honors military service members from Connecticut and their families at an annual event.

Seymour was a supply clerk of the 102nd Quartermaster Petroleum Supply Company stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She was one of four Trumbull High graduates mentioned during 2004 commencement ceremonies for joining the armed services.

Mastroni, asked for legislators’ help in a recent letter.

“The CT Fallen Heroes Foundation Inc., is asking for your help to realize a well-deserved tribute to a courageous young woman who lost her life after making a commitment to serve and protect our country,” Mastroni wrote. “We need to recognize her and show her family that we will always be grateful of her service.”

Legislators shared their support.

“I want to acknowledge and thank the remarkable volunteers of The Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation, who work tirelessly to recognize Connecticut soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country,” said Rep. Hwang. “It is my hope that this long overdue symbolic gesture to honor Army Private Cheyenne Seymour will occur. It will also be a lasting memorial for her family. This tree planting will serve as a constant reminder to our community to honor and respect the services of our military veterans. We must always remember that freedom is not free."

Sen. Musto said, “Planting a tree in our town park will honor and preserve the memory of the sacrifice of one of our neighbors. It is a fitting tribute to someone who served the community and the country — something that will continue to grow and beautify our town for years to come,” Musto said. “I want to thank the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation for bringing us this issue and for their continued work on behalf of all of Connecticut's service men and women who have died protecting us.”

“It is always tragic when we lose any member of our armed forces, and having this one hit so close to home makes the loss much greater for us here in Trumbull,” said Rep. Rutigliano. “My deepest sympathy goes out to Ms. Seymour’s family and fiancé under these most unfortunate circumstances. We should honor the family’s request"

A Fallen Heroes memorial tribute is held every summer at either Seaside Park in Bridgeport or Indian Ledge Park in Trumbull for the honoree’s and their families in remembrance of their Fallen Heroes.

Legislators say the tree will come at no cost to the town.

“This small and simple gesture of renewal by making this planting at springtime is a way to remember a wonderful young woman who gave selflessly to her country, and was taken from us tragically and abruptly before her life had really begun,” said Rep. Miller. “Her family and loved ones should know that she will remain in the hearts of the Trumbull community, and I hope this gesture will help that memory and legacy endure.”