WESTON, Conn. Dieter Tamms of New Canaan moved to America from Germany when he was 21 and was quickly drafted and sent to Vietnam, where he served from 1965 to 1966. Monday night, Tamms and his wife, Patricia, were honoring America's birthday at Weston's Family Fourth of July Celebration.
"It's an opportunity to [honor] people who sacrificed for the country," said Patricia. "It's moving when they ask people to stand up who have served, and you see the person to the right of your blanket stand up, and the person to your left, and [Dieter] stands up it's amazing to have so many people stand up."
Dieter said "coming from a country where for a long, long time there was no independence," he hopes "it will last for a long time yet to come."
Friends and families dotted the lawn next to the middle school with blankets, chairs, barbecues and picnics. The Faircloughs of Redding were spending their fourth Independence Day in Weston.
"It's a fabulous day to spend with family," said Lisa Fairclough. Before coming to Weston, the family spent the morning at Topstone Park in Redding. They cooked food at home and brought it to the celebration, and Emma was looking forward to the fireworks Monday night.
The Westport Community Band, lead by Sal LaRusso, kicked off the celebration with the Star-Spangled Banner. Kids were throwing Frisbees handed out by the Weston Democratic Town Committee. The Magic Genie was making his rounds with Cooper, the junior genie, blowing up balloon animals. He was turning the balloons into everything from bunnies, to hearts and light sabers.
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