A Connecticut native who recently returned from his fifth tour of duty overseas became an adopted son of the town of Enfield at Monday night's Town Council meeting.
SSG Peter Mitchell is one of 28 soldiers who have been recipients of care packages from Enfield Hooah, a group that supports military personnel and veterans.
Enfield Hooah founder Lori Gates was addressing the council, reciting some letters of thanks the site has received from deployed soldiers. She had just finished reading Mitchell's letter when, on cue, he walked into the Council Chambers and joined her at the speakers' desk.
The Bronze Star Medal recipient thanked the citizens for Enfield for all the support he has received while serving overseas, then made a special presentation to surprised members of the council.
He donated an authentic U.S. flag that he had flown over various locations of northern Afghanistan during his most recent tour there. The flag was enclosed in framed glass with a plaque thanking the town for their support.
Mayor Scott Kaupin thanked Mitchell for his service, and said the flag and plaque would be hung in the Council Chambers.