Shelton residents gathered Tuesday to pay tribute to all those who serve, and have served, their country in the military. (Photos courtesy of Mary Rozsa/DAR)
The city’s Veterans Day ceremony took place at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk), and included speakers, music, a color guard, rifle squad and gun salute.
As is traditional, some of the activities occurred at 11 a.m., marking when the Armistice was signed in 1918 to end World War I — on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
The local Veterans Day ceremony is organized by Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 in Shelton.
Before and after the event, free coffee and doughnuts were available to ceremony participants and attendees as part of annual “DAR and Donuts” event. This is presented by the Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution with assistance from Mark Dymerski, owner of Dunkin’ Donuts on Howe Avenue.
The ceremony in downtown Shelton was followed by services and a luncheon at American Legion Post 16. Many Shelton schools held special assemblies and related events on Tuesday to mark Veterans Day.
“Today, thousands of Americans are serving in uniform,” said Dave Gallagher, commander of Sutter-Terlizzi Post 16. “They sacrifice in the war on terror and in hundreds of locations around the globe so we may remain free.”