BERLIN - This yearâ€™s town Veterans Day ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Sunday at Berlin Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Way.
â€śOn the 11thÂ hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, we pause to honor Americaâ€™s veterans and celebrate their contributions to our way of life,â€ť read a press release sent by Peter Galgano, secretary of the townâ€™s Veteransâ€™ Commission. â€śFew have given more to our Nation than the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces in peace and in war. So on this day, we want to ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free.â€ť
Members of the Berlin High School Band will play military songs, with two trumpeters playing taps, and a color guard made up of joint members of the local VFW and American Legion will be present, along with a guest speaker. This yearâ€™s speaker will be Capt. Joseph Sanborn, Royal Charter Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.
Sanborn is the squadron logistics officer and mission air crew at Royal Charter Composite Squadron, at the Homeland Security Building at Hartfordâ€™s Brainard Airport, according to the release.
Sanborn, in 2013, was assigned to be coordinator for the Wreaths Across American programs of two of Connecticutâ€™s state veterans cemeteries, the Col. Raymond F Gates Memorial Cemetery in Rocky Hill and the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown.
He has been working with the stateâ€™s Department of Veterans Affairs and Wreaths Across America, which places wreaths at the gravesites of veterans around the holidays, since 2012.
In the 10 years since Wreaths Across America brought its efforts to Connecticut, the organization had never been able to raise enough money to collect wreaths for all the veterans buried in the State Veterans Cemetery until last year.
In the event of rain, the Veterans Day ceremony will be held inside the VFW post at 152 Massirio Drive.
Veterans Day dates to 1919 and was originally called Armistice Day. The date celebrates the German surrender that ended World War I. In 1954, Congress renamed the day Veterans Day to honor all of Americaâ€™s veterans.
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