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.

New Mil­ford

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.

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