Berlin's Veterans Day ceremony set for 11 a.m. Sunday

Published on Thursday, 8 November 2018 21:25
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - This year’s town Veterans Day ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Sunday at Berlin Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Way.

“On the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, we pause to honor America’s veterans and celebrate their contributions to our way of life,” read a press release sent by Peter Galgano, secretary of the town’s Veterans’ Commission. “Few 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.”

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 year’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 Hartford’s Brainard Airport, according to the release.

Sanborn, in 2013, was assigned to be coordinator for the Wreaths Across American programs of two of Connecticut’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 state’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 America’s veterans.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 8 November 2018 21:25. Updated: Thursday, 8 November 2018 21:27.