TUESDAY: Shelton to mark Veterans Day with morning ceremony at the Riverwalk

The city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk) in downtown Shelton.

The ceremony is organized by the Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 in Shelton. It will include a color guard, rifle squad, gun salute and speakers. The ceremony is open to the public.

Local veterans then will proceed to Post 16 for services and a luncheon at 11:30. The American Legion post is at 295 Bridgeport Ave.

After the luncheon, Post 16 members will visit Shelton Intermediate School.

Veterans Day honors all those who have served the country in the armed forces. The date and time are based on remembering the end of World War I, known as the “war to end all wars.”

DAR and Donuts

Before and after the ceremony, free Munchkin doughnuts and coffee will be available for attendees and participants at the Shelton Farmers Market Building.

The local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter organizes the refreshments with Mark Dymerski, franchise owner of Dunkin’ Donuts on Howe Avenue. This will be the sixth year for the “DAR and Donuts” event.

The Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter of DAR serves Shelton and many surrounding towns.

Meaning of the day

“What we now call Veterans Day began as Armistice Day. It is historically significant that this day continue to be observed on the month, day and hour that the guns fell silent in World War I — 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918,” said Dave Gallagher, commander of Sutter-Terlizzi Post 16.

“While the day has strong historical roots, current events continue to add meaning to the day,”  Gallagher said. “Today, thousands of Americans are serving in uniform. They sacrifice in the war on terror and in hundreds of locations around the globe so we may remain free.

“We look forward to a Veterans Day when these veterans still serving on active duty can be home to celebrate with us,” he said.