Danbury-area veterans to be honored this weekend
Events throughout the Danbury area will honor Veterans Day this weekend.
The Brookfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10201 will host a ceremony honoring the community’s veterans for their service at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Williams Memorial Park across from the Brookfield Public Libary.
Post Commander Joseph Beal will lead the ceremony, which will include a military procession and posting of the colors, followed by a flag-raising and call to present arms. A wreath will be placed on the Memorial Monument at the park. Beal will deliver an address followed by a closing prayer by Post Chaplain Carl Monte.
At the conclusion of the observance, VFW members and other ceremonial participants will march down Whisconier Road to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where a reception with complimentary refreshments will take place.
Western Connecticut State University will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the Ives Concert Hall.
A lunch and reception will follow at noon in White Hall room 122. The keynote speaker this year will be Navy veteran Todd Ingersol, owner of Ingersoll Automotive.
Danbury’s American Legion Post No.60 will host a Veterans Day dinner on Sunday. Veterans can eat free and others can eat for $10.
The Railway Museum will hold a Military Appreciation Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Train rides will be held every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All past and present military personnel, and their families get free railyard local train rides with appropriate ID required.
On Sunday, The Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Veterans Day breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at New Milford’s Veterans of Foreign Wars location on Avery Road. A Quilt of Valor will be presented during the breakfast.
A special ceremony will follow at 11 a.m. on the south end of the Village Green.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the VFW hall on Avery Road.
The Roger Sherman Chapter DAR will hold a special gravesite dedication service for a Revolutionary War patriot at 1 p.m. on Monday at the West Meetinghouse Road Cemetery.
The gravesite of patriot Solomon Hill, and his wife, Amy Stone Hill, will receive a NSDAR grave marker in recognition of their service in the Revolutionary War. Solomon Hill is a patriot of several members of the Roger Sherman Chapter NSDAR, who have proven direct lineal descent.
Refreshments will follow the gravesite dedication at the Merryall Center for the Arts.
A Veterans Day celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Newtown High School.
The event will begin with a complimentary luncheon prepared by Newtown High School Culinary in the high school lobby. RSVP for the luncheon was last week, but those not attending can still join the auditorium program beginning at 12:45 p.m.
It will include guest speaker Command Sergeant Major Arthur Fredericks, a Newtown High School alumnus, and a musical program by the Newtown High School Singers and Wind Ensemble.
American Legion Post 202 will present two Community Americanism Awards for lifelong service.
On Veterans Day, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marine Corps League Detachment will host a ceremony to honor Ridgefield’s and the nation’s veterans. It will also mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Lounsbury House/Veterans Memorial Garden. The featured speaker is a lifelong resident and Army and Korean War veteran Julius Robert (Bob) Tulipani. In addition to a number of community positions in town, Tulipani taught at Ridgefield’s Veterans Park Elementary School for 25 years and served as commander of the American Legion Post 78.
The ceremony will include patriotic songs sung by Evelyn Carr with brief readings by veterans and local officials.
Cub Scout Pack 74 will assist in the ceremony by the laying of the wreath on the memorial monument followed by military honors with playing of taps.
Refreshments will be provided by the friends of the American Legion.
The town of Roxbury and the Roxbury Council on Aging will hold a reception for veterans at 1 p.m. on Monday at the Roxbury Senior Center.
All Roxbury veterans are invited to attend.
The tragedy of World War I will be brought to life through on Veterans Day on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hodge Memorial Library and Museum, 4 North St. in Roxbury.
Moderated by Doug Winkel, four volunteers will read a selection of poems that trace the progress of the war and the changing attitudes about it as the extraordinary number of casualties, deaths and destruction took their toll.
The event is organized by Georgette Miller and will feature refreshments prepared by Renee David.
In addition to including the texts of the poems, the program will provide background information on the war and the poets affected by it.
In honor or Veterans Day, a three-mile hike at Deer Pond Farm on Sunday will highlight the role the area played in the Revolutionary War.
The hike, starting at 2 p.m., will be led by conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni. It is free for veterans, their families and Connecticut Audobon Society members.
Cost is $5 for non-members or $10 per non-member family.
Attendees should dress for the weather. Inclement weather cancels the event. Bring water bottle, walking stick, binoculars, camera and a sense of adventure.
The Institute for American Indian Studies will host its annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans at noon on Monday.
The event includes prayers and drumming to honor the contributions and valor of Native American veterans. This year, a special traditional ceremony at the Institute for American Indian Studies has been planned to honor Charles Lindberg Kilson, Sr., as well as the memory of his brother Earl Anderson Kilson, Sr., of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. Both served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Earl also served during the early years of the Vietnam War.
After the ceremony, visitors are invited to a light lunch in the museum to learn more about these two brothers. This event is free and open to the public.