BERLIN - Monday is Veterans Day, and several events are scheduled around town over the long holiday weekend.
On Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library will be holding an informational event on the Arlington National Cemetery.
The significance of this landmark in relation to veterans is well known. It is the resting place of more than 300,000 U.S. soldiers, and the location of several monuments.
The event at the library will explore the history of the area even before it was a cemetery, delving into the early history of the Virginia settlement and some of Virginia’s first families.
Author Cynthia Parzych will discuss the interesting history cemetery. Parzych wrote the book, “Arlington National Cemetery: Trace the Path of America’s Heritage,” which presents the back story of Arlington and highlights some of the stories of the interesting people who lived and were buried in there. Books will be available for sale.
For more information, or to register, call the library at 860-828-7126 or visit berlinpeck.org.
More events are scheduled for Veterans Day itself. One is a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Way beginning at 11 a.m.
The event will mark the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month - when the armistice ending World War I took effect - to honor America’s veterans and celebrate their contributions to the country.
Members of the Berlin High School Band, the Brass Quintet, will play armed services songs and members of the Berlin High School Chorus, the Madrigal Singers, will sing the national anthem and “America the Beautiful.” Two trumpeters, Brendan Malcarne and Kat Geschimsky, will play taps.
A rifle volley salute will then be performed by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10732 and American Legion Post 68.
Retired LTC Joseph Danao of the Connecticut Army National Guard will be the guest speaker this year.
Danao serves as executive assistant to Commissioner Thomas Saadi of the state Department of Veterans Affairs.
His military career has stretched over four decades and has seen him receive several awards, including the National Guard Association of the United States Valley Forge Cross for Heroism and an Army Commendation Medal for direct actions that involved saving lives.
Later Monday in the Berlin High School auditorium will be another Veterans Day program beginning at 7 p.m.
This year, the occasion marks the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, during the Vietnam War.
The presentation will be both a history lesson and an opportunity to respect those who served during the Vietnam War and offer belated thank-yous for their bravery and service, as many did not receive the proper homecoming when returning from what became an unpopular war.
Several men and women from Berlin and the surrounding area who served in Vietnam will attend.
The event is open to the public.
Transportation is available for seniors by calling Tina Doyle at 860-828-7006.
Special seating arrangements can be made by calling 860-828-6581.