The Brookfield Veterans of Foreign Wars has renamed their new location after a Brookfield native who was killed while on duty in Iraq. 30-year old Jason Lewis, a Navy SEAL, was killed in July 2007 by an improvised explosive device during a combat mission.
The VFW space in the Sokol Lodge’s building on Candlewood Lake Road was dedicated in Lewis' name during a ceremony this weekend. The Brookfield VFW started a GoFundMe page to raise $5,000 for a plaque/memorial, shadow box, and the dedication ceremony.
Among those on hand for the dedication was Lewis’ family, VFW dignitaries, former Governor Jodi Rell, representatives for 5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and Senator Chris Murphy, and Navy SEALS who served with Lewis.
The VFW retired their old flag and raised their new one bearing Lewis’ name. A bronze plaque mounted on a stone monument was unveiled. The dedication event was invitation only. A shadow box containing his image, as well as awards provided by his wife, will be on display.
Lewis was selected for the honor from 44 Brookfield residents who died from injuries sustained on the battlefield since the Revolutionary War.