Green­wich plans slate of events to honor vet­er­ans

Greenwich Time - - NEWS - By Ken Bor­suk kbor­suk@green­

GREEN­WICH — Green­wich will salute the ser­vice of the town’s vet­er­ans in a se­ries of events through­out the Vet­er­ans Day week­end.

The cen­ter­piece will be the an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Pa­tri­otic Walk down Green­wich Av­enue, which will lead into a cer­e­mony at the town’s World War I me­mo­rial at Arch Street. The walk is open to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies as well as any­one in the pub­lic who wants to show sup­port.

Those tak­ing part in the walk are in­vited to bring pho­to­graphs of rel­a­tives and friends who served in the mil­i­tary. A Green­wich Po­lice Depart­ment mo­tor­cy­cle es­cort will lead the way, ac­com­pa­nied by lo­cal youths from the Green­wich Boy Scouts and the Boys & Girls Club of Green­wich.

The walk will start at 10:30 a.m. Sun­day, with the cer­e­mony at the me­mo­rial sched­uled to start promptly at 11 a.m. That is the tra­di­tional time to ob­serve the armistice that ended World War I — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The cer­e­mony is hosted by Green­wich’s Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 29 and the Vet­er­ans Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Coun­cil.

“The Green­wich Vet­er­ans Day Pa­tri­otic Walk and cer­e­mony are a won­der­ful way to honor our vet­er­ans and all those who are con­tin­u­ing to serve in the armed ser­vices to pro­tect the free­doms we hold so dear,” said state Rep. Livvy Floren, R-149, a mem­ber of the coun­cil. “We are here be­cause they were there.”

The fore­cast calls for sunny skies and tem­per­a­tures in the mid-40s on Sun­day. The cer­e­mony will be moved in­side to the nearby Pub­lic Safety Com­plex if it is cold or rainy.

Dean Ga­manos, a town res­i­dent and vet­eran, will de­liver the key­note ad­dress at the event, which marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I. The cer­e­mony, led by Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 29 Com­man­der Peter LeBeau, will cul­mi­nate with the lay­ing of a wreath at the base of the me­mo­rial.

Floren will also present the Young Per­son of the Year Award to James Heavey, son of town Chief of Po­lice James Heavey. He is pres­i­dent of Green­wich High School’s se­nior class and was re­cently given the Con­nell Award at Boys and Girls State as the del­e­gate who most rep­re­sented the pro­gram’s ideals.

Af­ter­ward, vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies are in­vited to the Red­men’s Home As­so­ci­a­tion at 17 E. Elm St. at noon for a lun­cheon. David D’An­drea of the as­so­ci­a­tion said he ex­pected nearly 160 peo­ple to at­tend.

“It’s one of our main causes along with giv­ing schol­ar­ships for Green­wich stu­dents and sup­port­ing adult day care pro­grams for our se­niors,” D’An­drea said. “We’ve had a lot of vet­er­ans in our or­ga­ni­za­tion, and that’s re­ally fu­eled our ef­forts. They de­serve our sup­port, and they de­serve to be hon­ored.

“The vet­er­ans of the past and the vet­er­ans of to­day are the ones that gave us our free­dom and pro­tect it. We’re so grate­ful to them.”

The lun­cheon is open to all. Vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies will get pri­or­ity seat­ing. The USO Girls will also put on a pa­tri­otic per­for­mance to show off the as­so­ci­a­tion’s sup­port for vet­er­ans.

Also, at 5 p.m. Sun­day, the Byram Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion will host its an­nual pa­rade start­ing at its head­quar­ters at 300 Del­e­van Ave. An open house will fol­low at Hornik Hall, which is the group’s head­quar­ters.

At 10:30 a.m. Satur­day, the Cos Cob Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars Post 10112 will hold its an­nual cer­e­mony at its me­mo­rial on Strickland Road, across from the Bush-Hol­ley House. Park­ing is avail­able at the nearby ma­rina.

The post, which re­cently marked its 50th an­niver­sary, holds cer­e­monies on Me­mo­rial Day and Vet­er­ans Day ev­ery year. The pub­lic is en­cour­aged to at­tend.

On Mon­day, which is the Vet­er­ans Day hol­i­day, Green­wich’s pub­lic schools will hold cer­e­monies and events to rec­og­nize vet­er­ans both lo­cally and across the coun­try. In many schools, vet­er­ans come in as speak­ers, and spe­cial as­sem­blies and class­rooms lessons on Vet­er­ans Day are sched­uled.

The an­nual Cos Cob School cer­e­mony has been can­celed due to the flood­ing dam­age there. But the dis­trict promises to make up for it next May with its Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­mony at the re­opened school.

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file photo

The Green­wich Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony on Green­wich Av­enue and at the War Memo­ri­als in Green­wich on Nov. 11, 2017.

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