Shelton CT Veterans Day -- Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month
Veterans Day, always observed on November 11, is a day to remember all men and women, past and present, who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
A brief history -- Originally Veterans Day was called Armistice Day which commemorated the end of World War I hostilities on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In 1938 it was made a legal federal holiday. Then in 1954, the name was changed from Armistice Day (which honored only WWI veterans) to Veterans Day, which would include veterans of all wars in the remembrance.
On Sunday, November 11, the American Legion Post 16 of Shelton will be holding its annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park by the Shelton Riverwalk at 10:30 a.m.
Before the ceremony, which will include a 21-gun salute and an invocation, there will be a bench dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. honoring the memory of U. S. Army Lt. Thomas Brown, who was killed in action in Iraq in September, 2008. 26-year old Brown died of wounds sustained when his patrol came under small arms fire during dismounted operations.
The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will also include speeches by a guest speaker and local dignitaries. Names of veterans who have passed away since last Veterans Day will be read.
The public is invited back to the American Legion at 295 Bridgeport Avenue after the ceremony where members who have died in the last year will be honored.
Veterans Day is a day to remember those who died in service to our country, and also to recognize those who continue to serve today. Wherever you are on Veterans Day, make every effort to say “thank you” to those who have bravely fulfilled their patriotic duty to maintain the freedoms of our country.
God bless our veterans!