Above, Navy veteran Bob Post on New Haven, right, and Army veteran George Ryan, rear, place slips in buckets for their respective armed services branch during the Shelton Senior Center’s salute to veterans luncheon on Nov. 10. Both served in World War II — Bob Post in the Pacific and George Ryan in Europe.
The event for Veterans Day included a meal, music by Vinnie Carr, dancing, and a march of honor to recognize senior center members who are veterans. The slips being put in the buckets were for a contest to give away a military throw (blanket).
Kathy Ramia, director of the Shelton Senior Center, said the salute to veterans luncheon was first held in 2008. “It’s a day to pay tribute to our members who are veterans,” she said.
Senior center members who are veterans get to attend the luncheon for free. The senior center has more than 3,000 members from Shelton and nearby towns.
Ramia said musician Vinnie Carr makes the event special by performing military, patriotic and older songs from when members were young. “Vinnie is a vet himself,” she said.
Ryan, a 1942 Shelton High graduate who later helped found Curtiss-Ryan Honda, spent time in England and France during World War II.
“Everyone went into the service,” he said of serving his country during wartime. “We were young — 18, 19. Many of us were volunteers We spent three-plus years together overseas, and you formed excellent friendships with everyone in your outfit.”