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New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Zaret­sky

WEST HAVEN — The city and the West Haven Vet­er­ans Coun­cil will hold a Vet­er­ans Day trib­ute at 10:45 a.m. Sun­day on the Vet­er­ans Walk of Honor at Bradley Point Park, or­ga­niz­ers said.

All vet­er­ans are in­vited to take part in the an­nual cer­e­mony, which will fea­ture re­marks from dig­ni­taries and Steve Car­ney, vice pres­i­dent and trea­surer of the Vet­er­ans Coun­cil, on be­half of coun­cil Pres­i­dent Dave Ricci.

May­oral aide Ruth G. Tor­res will serve as the mas­ter of cer­e­monies, or­ga­niz­ers said in a new re­lease.

Then, at 1:30 p.m., the West Haven Mil­i­tary Mu­seum and Learn­ing Cen­ter, 30 Hood Ter­race near the

West Haven Metro-North rail­road sta­tion, will hold a re­cep­tion for Korean War vet­er­ans, or­ga­niz­ers of that event said.

The pub­lic is in­vited.

The Bradley Point event will be­gin at 10:45 a.m. with a pre­sen­ta­tion of the col­ors by the West Haven Po­lice Color Guard and a flag-rais­ing by the West Haven Fire Depart­ment Honor

Guard. West Haven High School sopho­more Nora Mullins will sing the “StarS­pan­gled Ban­ner” and “God Bless Amer­ica,” and Sean P. Ro­nan, se­nior vice com­man­der of Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars Post 9422, will of­fer open­ing and clos­ing prayers.

The trib­ute also will in­clude a bell-ring­ing at 11 a.m. and taps played by re­tired

West Shore Fire Depart­ment Lt. Kevin McKeon.

Vet­er­ans Day, formerly known as Ar­mistice Day, is cel­e­brated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, mark­ing the an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice that ended World War I in 1918.

Mayor Nancy Rossi, in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the ar­mistice’s cen­ten­nial, will is­sue a procla­ma­tion declar­ing “Bells of Peace: World War I Re­mem­brance Day” in West Haven.

To co­in­cide with the cer­e­mony, the Vet­er­ans Coun­cil will launch the 12th phase of its pop­u­lar Brick Cam­paign.

In Novem­ber 2006, the coun­cil be­gan the first of 12 cam­paigns sell­ing bricks to memorialize vet­er­ans on the 100-yard Walk of Honor be­tween the William A. So­der­man and Viet­nam Vet­er­ans me­mo­ri­als.

The bricks cost $75 and have char­coal let­ter­ing for per­son­al­ized mes­sages.

More than 2,650 bricks have been in­stalled so far, in­clud­ing 56 for the 11th phase, which was ded­i­cated on May 26.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are due March 15, 2019, and are avail­able at https://bit.ly/2PimU8i and in the mayor’s of­fice at City Hall, 355 Main St. For de­tails, call 203-937-3510.

Vet­er­ans Day, formerly known as Ar­mistice Day, is cel­e­brated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, mark­ing the an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice that ended World War I in 1918.

Peter Hviz­dak / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file photo

West Haven Fire­fight­ers at at­ten­tion dur­ing the singing of “God Bless Amer­ica” at the an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Com­mem­o­ra­tion along the Vet­er­ans Walk of Honor at Bradley Point Park in West Haven in 2017.

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