NEW BRITAIN – This Saturday is Veterans Day, which means there are many events across the city honoring U.S. Military Veterans for their service.
“While 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 country’s greatest heroes,” Mayor Erin Stewart said when announcing the Veterans Day services.
City officials and the Parks and Recreation Department will host Veterans Day services at eleven war memorials and landmarks across the city to recognize and honor the men and woman who have served or are still serving in the United States military. Services include placing of wreaths on each Memorial, invocations, and cadence, “Taps,” and vocals by the New Britain High School Madrigal and Band students.
“During these days of strife, we are often reminded of the Heroes who last forever in our hearts and minds,” said Veterans Commission Chairman Peter Scirpo. “Those who served in the U.S. Military and returned home from combat are the backbone of heroes to our children for generations to come.”
Veterans Day services will take place at the following times and locations:
8 a.m. – General John Patterson on East Street/Allen Street
8:30 a.m. – Spanish-American War Memorial, Willow Brook Park
8:45 a.m. – Vietnam Memorial, Willow Brook Park
9:15 a.m. – Sherrod E. Skinner Memorial, Corbin/Lincoln Street
9:45 a.m. – Israel Putnam Stone, Walnut Hill Park
10 a.m. – World War I Memorial Monument/Louis Gentile Salute to Women Memorial, Walnut Hill Park
10:30 a.m. – General Casimir Pulaski Monument/General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Monument, Pulaski Park
11 a.m. – Civil War, World War II, Korean and Vietnam Memorials, Central Park
11:30 a.m. – Belvidere Area World War II Memorial, Campbell Square on Stanley St./Hillcrest Ave.
11:50 a.m. – Captain Brian S. Letendre U.S.M.C. Memorial, Pendleton Rd./Sunnyslope Dr.
12:15 a.m. – 65th Infantry Regiment Park, Beaver Street, North Side (corner near LaSalle and Washington Streets and Farmington Avenue)
There will also be a ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Iwo Jima Memorial located at the intersection of Ella Grasso Boulevard and Exit 29 of Route 9.
“It is my sincere hope that the residents of New Britain and Americans everywhere take the time this Veterans Day to really contemplate and give thanks for everything our military has done and continues to do for us all,” said Erik Barbieri, Director of the New Britain Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department. “I encourage everyone to go out and visit some of the fantastic monuments our great City has erected in honor of our Veterans and to recognize their sacrifices.”
Sandy Keefe, Veterans Affairs Clerk said that she is grateful for veterans service to the United States.
“It is important for us to remember, respect, honor, and thank them. Our Veterans Day Services at Memorial Monuments throughout New Britain are one very nice way that New Britain has always done that,” Keefe said.
Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free golf at Stanley
Veterans should dust off their golf clubs Stanley Golf Course is offering free green fees to all veterans on Saturday.
All veterans and military personnel will receive a free greens fee when they show their Veteran ID or similar proof of service. The Back Nine Tavern at Stanley Golf Course will all be thanking veterans by offering them a personal cheese pizza and a beer on Saturday.
Stanley Golf Course is located at 245 Hartford Road.