This afternoon, we welcomed the family of Gunnery Sergeant Thomas J. Sullivan and the Mayor of Springfield, Domenic Sarno, to our manufacturing & design facility in Ellington, CT. Tommy gave his life while defending his country on Thursday July 16, 2015 during an attack on a Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, TN. The Skinner Family, owners of The Barn Yard & Great Country Timber Frames, have donated a timber frame pavilion to be built at Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan Park, a new park currently under construction in East Forest Park, Springfield, MA. Mayor Sarno and Tommy’s family were able to view the pavilion being manufactured on The Barn Yard & Great Country Timber Frame’s state of the art CNC machine.
During the visit, Mayor Domenic Sarno presented a proclamation to recognize and thank the Skinner Family of Ellington, CT.
Mayor Domenic Sarno stated, “The Skinner Family has embraced the City of Springfield and their generosity spurred over $45,000 in donations from our business community to construct the pavilion for Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan Park. It is this philanthropy that instills a sense of pride in our city and gives well-deserved recognition to all veterans who have sacrificed greatly for the freedoms we enjoy in our country. It is heartwarming that the Skinner family saw the article about this project and called Director Sullivan and asked how they could assist us. Thank you to the Skinner family as your donation will bring great enjoyment to park patrons for many years.”
Joseph Sullivan, Tommy’s brother, stated, “On behalf of our family, we are appreciative of Mayor Sarno’s tireless efforts in making this park a reality. My family has great memories of East Forest Park and to have this tribute for my brother is an honor we all cherish. We are also grateful to the Skinner family and all of the other donors who have contributed to ensure this park will have a picturesque pavilion.”
Chris Skinner said, “My father, brother and I are honored to be part of this project. Our company, including our entire staff, wanted to show our respect for GySgt Thomas Sullivan and his family. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the Skinner family and Barn Yard employees wanted to work in partnership with the City of Springfield in honoring GySgt Sullivan for his service.”
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