Making 'sacrifices for this generation and those to come'

Shelton honors its veterans at ceremony

Members of the police and Post 16 color guard hold flags during the Shelton Veterans Day ceremony. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Members of the police and Post 16 color guard hold flags during the Shelton Veterans Day ceremony. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Shelton paid tribute to those who have served their country during a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk).

Al Sabetta, adjutant of American Legion Sutter-Terlizzi Post No. 16 in Shelton, said U.S. veterans have fought “with our minds and hearts as well as our bodies” because they were on the side of freedom.

Al Sabetta reads the name of U.S. military veterans from Shelton who have died in the past year.

Al Sabetta reads the name of U.S. military veterans from Shelton who have died in the past year.

Members of the armed services have battled “against forces of evil,” helping to preserve “our precious American heritage,” said Sabetta, who served in the Korean War.

Walter Bills, chaplain of Sutter-Terlizzi Post No. 16, said veterans had made “sacrifices for this generation and those to come.”

Bills, a Vietnam veteran, said he hoped “the end of strife will be the beginning of the endurance of peace.”

Ron Dietman, far right, of the local American Legion post’s honor guard performs Taps during the Veterans Day ceremony.

Ron Dietman, far right, of the local American Legion post’s honor guard performs Taps during the Veterans Day ceremony.

During a prayer, he asked for “a blessing of understanding” for the families and friends of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Sabetta said Veterans Day is about “commemorating the service of veterans in all wars.”

 

Names of the deceased read aloud

About 75 people attended the ceremony on a sunny autumn morning. The event included the reading aloud of the names of Shelton veterans who have died in the past year, the placing of a memorial wreath at a veterans monument, a military gun salute, the playing of taps, and a reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

“Every day should be Veterans Day,” Alderman Anthony F. Simonetti told the gathering. “Every day we have freedom in this country is because of you.”

Board of Alderman President John Anglace speaks during the ceremony.

Board of Alderman President John Anglace speaks during the ceremony.

John F. Anglace Jr., Board of Aldermen president, said he had attended “a tremendously moving [Veterans Day] ceremony” at a Shelton school earlier in the day, and it confirmed that the city’s students understand and appreciate the importance of the day.

“You don’t have to worry about our youth,” Anglace said during his remarks.

 

Color guard is present

The ceremony included a color guard comprised of members of the Sutter-Terlizzi Post, VFW Post No. 16 in Shelton, and the Shelton Police Department.

People in the crowd salute and stand at attention during the Veterans Day ceremony.

People in the crowd salute and stand at attention during the Veterans Day ceremony.

The Echo Hose fire company hung a large American flag from a fire truck ladder over Canal Street, near the Farmers Market Building.

Doughnuts and coffee were offered to event participants and guests at the Farmers Market Building. The fifth annual “DAR and Doughnuts” was organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution local chapter, with the Dunkin’ Donuts on Howe Avenue donating the items.

 

Iwo Jima survivor’s death recognized

Several speakers noted that Mayor Mark Lauretti couldn’t attend because he was at the funeral of a close family friend who was a survivor of the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

Members of the color guard.

Members of the color guard.

The late John Mehaylo of Shelton died at age 88 on Nov. 6. Mehaylo, who served in the Marines, had been a longtime physical education teacher at Shelton High School.

Speakers noted Mehaylo symbolized the love of country and commitment of all veterans, having faithfully attended the Shelton Veterans Day ceremony every year.

The memorial wreath in front of the war memorials.

The memorial wreath in front of the war memorials.

Alderman Anthony Simonetti addresses the crowd on Veterans Day.

Alderman Anthony Simonetti addresses the crowd on Veterans Day.

Walter Bills, chaplain of Sutter-Terlizzi Post No. 16, leads the gathering in a prayer.

Walter Bills, chaplain of Sutter-Terlizzi Post No. 16, leads the gathering in a prayer.

Board of Alderman President John Anglace, left, and Water Bills, chaplain of American Legion Sutter-Terlizzi Post No. 16, prepare to place the memorial wreath next to a veterans monument.

Board of Alderman President John Anglace, left, and Water Bills, chaplain of American Legion Sutter-Terlizzi Post No. 16, prepare to place the memorial wreath next to a veterans monument.

The memorial wreath in front of the war memorials.

The memorial wreath in front of the war memorials.

People at the ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.

People at the ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.

 

 

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