Major Ed Henfey pins insignia to the lapels of Captain Chris Miller, promoting him to the rank of Major in the presence of his father, a former Major of the First Company Governor's Horse Guards The Change of Command ceremony on the green drill fields at the GHG Headquarters at dusk last Thursday May 14 was the first time in the 237 years of continuous cavalry tradition that a father and son have held command of the Unit.
While this passing of responsibility and the Guidon is a proud tradition dating back to the time of General George Washington in the Revolutionary tumult of this country's early days, the future feels a little uncertain. Proposed State budget cuts threaten the Unit's continued presence in Avon, despite the fact the land was granted to the Town in perpetuity 61 years ago. Although the Troopers are volunteers and the horses are donated by the public, the cost of food and care for the animals is being debated at the Capitol on June 3. Although they are an icon for the town there is no guarantee this arrangement will continue unless the Budget is restored and donations flow in soon.
Part of the reason we chose to live in Connecticut is the unique character of this region. We made a home here because it offered NE charm, has excellent school system and library, vibrant arts scene, easy proximity to major cities while retaining the benefits of a small town and because of the sense of history being valued. In a show of support to preserve this precious link to the past, tonight the Town of Avon voted unanimously to seek State support for continued funding necessary to keep the Horse Guards active in it's current home on Arch Rd. Heartfelt thank you. Instead of passing more stores or homes like "Anytown USA", we have the pleasure of driving along West Avon Road and seeing horses graze peacefully, a reminder of our rural past in our busy present lives.
This Memorial Day weekend will be a special opportunity for the public to show their support as the Horse Guards take their place again in the popular Parade. We hope you will come to honor the Veterans, cheer the bands and celebrate the Horse Guards. Don't let this be the last home parade for the horses.