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STATE SENATOR

Paul Doyle

Honoring Connecticut's Heroes on Veterans Day

This Saturday is Veterans Day, a day that gives us the opportunity to thank and appreciate those who served and sacrificed for us to preserve our way of life.

President Woodrow Wilson established this holiday (originally known as Armistice Day) in 1919 to honor the brave Americans who fought and died in World War I. After World War II, Congress passed legislation to expand Armistice Day to honor all veterans of our military, and this holiday’s name was changed to Veterans Day.

Senator Doyle with veterans.

While I believe we should honor our veterans every day, this annual holiday is especially important as it allows us to reflect on the true sacrifices our service members have made to protect the liberties we hold most dear.

Listed below are some Veterans Day events happening in our area.

Wethersfield

The Town of Wethersfield will honor veterans during a public ceremony Friday, November 10 at 11 a.m. at Town Hall, 505 Silas Deane Highway. Parking will be available behind Town Hall. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors in the Town Council Chambers.

Cromwell

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held in Cromwell on Saturday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Hall Gym 41 West St.

Middletown

A Veterans Appreciation Social with eggs, bacon, fruit and coffee will be held on Thursday, November 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the Middletown Community & Senior Center, 61 Durant Terrace. The event is free for veterans and their spouses/significant others only. Pre-registration is appreciated. Call 860-638-4540.

The City of Middletown Veterans Day Ceremony will take place on Saturday November 11 at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Green, Washington St., Middletown.

Rocky Hill

AT&T Veterans group and Department of Veterans Affairs will host the first annual Veterans Day Charity Three Miler. They invite you to run or walk three miles at the Department of Veterans Affairs complex in Rocky Hill. The looping course features a scenic viewpoint when you get to the top of the campus. All proceeds raised will be donated to AT&T Veterans group and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Columbia Dental is offering a Free Cleaning and Exam for our Heroes on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Columbia Dental Rocky Hill, 2049 Silas Deane Highway.

Newington

Duksa Family Funeral Homes in Newington will host a Sweaters for Veterans Project collection on Saturday, November 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. where friends can bring new or gently used sweaters, hats or gloves to their Newington Memorial location at 20 Bonair Avenue, Newington. Also present in the parking lot will be the Iwo Jima/World War II Museum. Free hot dogs and refreshments will be served.

On Veterans Day, active military and veterans with ID may receive a free breakfast, lunch or dinner at local Friendly's restaurants.

Honor a Local Veteran

Connecticut's Wartime Service Medal is available to anyone who served in the armed forces during a time of war and was a Connecticut resident at the time or currently lives here. Many veterans from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq received the medal as part of their discharge packets, but most veterans who served prior to 2005 are unaware of the medal's existence. If you believe that you or a loved one may be eligible and would like more information, please visit this website.