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 \u201cwith our minds and hearts as well as our bodies\u201d because they were on the side of freedom. Members of the armed services have battled \u201cagainst forces of evil,\u201d helping to preserve \u201cour precious American heritage,\u201d said Sabetta, who served in the Korean War. Walter Bills, chaplain of Sutter-Terlizzi Post No. 16, said veterans had made \u201csacrifices for this generation and those to come.\u201d Bills, a Vietnam veteran, said he hoped \u201cthe end of strife will be the beginning of the endurance of peace.\u201d During a prayer, he asked for \u201ca blessing of understanding\u201d for the families and friends of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Sabetta said Veterans Day is about \u201ccommemorating the service of veterans in all wars.\u201d 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. \u201cEvery day should be Veterans Day,\u201d Alderman Anthony F. Simonetti told the gathering. \u201cEvery day we have freedom in this country is because of you.\u201d John F. Anglace Jr., Board of Aldermen president, said he had attended \u201ca tremendously moving [Veterans Day] ceremony\u201d at a Shelton school earlier in the day, and it confirmed that the city\u2019s students understand and appreciate the importance of the day. \u201cYou don\u2019t have to worry about our youth,\u201d 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. 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 \u201cDAR and Doughnuts\u201d was organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution local chapter, with the Dunkin\u2019 Donuts on Howe Avenue donating the items. Iwo Jima survivor's death recognized Several speakers noted that Mayor Mark Lauretti couldn\u2019t 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. 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.