Shelton paid tribute to those who have served their country during a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday morning at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk).
Al Sabetta said U.S. veterans have fought “with our minds and hearts as well as our bodies” because they were on the side of freedom. They have battled “against forces of evil,” said Sabetta, a Korean War veteran who is adjutant of American Legion Sutter-Terlizzi Post No. 16.
About 75 people attended the ceremony, which included the reading aloud of the names of Shelton veterans who have died in the past year. There also was a military gun salute, the playing of Taps, the placing of a memorial wreath at a veterans monument, and a reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Doughnuts and coffee were offered to event participants and guests at the Shelton Farmers Market Building, organized by the Daughters of American Revolution local chapter and donated by the Dunkin’ Donuts on Howe Avenue.
The Echo Hose fire company hung a large American flag from a fire truck ladder over Canal Street, near the Farmers Market Building. (Photos by Brad Durrell)