NEW BRITAIN - Frosty weather didnâ€™t prevent the city from honoring its veterans on their holiday Saturday.
At Walnut Hill Park, the Marine Corps League led the presentation of colors, followed by the playing of the national anthem by New Britain High School Madrigal Singers. The Rev. Dominic Smyth of the First Lutheran Church of the Reformation gave the invocation.
Afterward, Veterans Commission member John Buckley and his son, Kyle, who is in the National Guard, placed a wreath at the World War I Monument and the Louis Gentile Salute to Women Memorial.
Members of the high school band were also present to perform the military cadence and taps.
â€śItâ€™s terribly important to recognize what other people have done for them over the years,â€ť Marine Corps League member John Lynch said.
He added that, each year, New Britain does a great job at recognizing and honoring the men and women who have served or are still serving in the U.S. military.
Each year the city hosts ceremonies in honor to those who have served or are active on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
Other Veterans Day services took place at the Gen. John Patterson Memorial on East Street/Allen Street; the Spanish-American War Memorial and Vietnam Memorial at Willow Brook Park; the Sherrod E. Skinner Memorial at Corbin/Lincoln Street; the Israel Putnam Stone at Walnut Hill Park; the Gen. Casimir Pulaski Monument/Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko Monument at Pulaski Park; the Civil War, World War II, Korean and Vietnam Memorials in Central Park; the Belvidere Area World War II Memorial at Campbell Square; the Capt. Brian S. Letendre, U.S.M.C., Memorial at Pendleton Road/Sunnyslope Drive; the 65th Infantry Regiment Park; and the Iwo Jima Memorial at the intersection of Ella Grasso Boulevard and Exit 29 off Route 9.
In a statement, Mayor Erin Stewart said, â€śWhile many Americans will never know the true extent of the bravery, courage and strength that our veterans have displayed while in the service, we know that they are without a doubt our countryâ€™s greatest heroes. New Britain and the Cityâ€™s Veterans Commission are proud to honor all our veterans and thank them for the contributions they have made to our nation and community.â€ť