Towns to recognize Veterans Day
Several towns in the Greater New Milford area will honor veterans in activities and ceremonies Nov. 11, on Veterans Day.
An armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, ending World War I.
The milestone was first commemorated as Armistice Day and recognized in parts of the world.
The U.S. originally observed Armistice Day, but it later evolved into the current Veterans Day, a day dedicated to veterans of all wars.
In New Milford, a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on the south end of the Village Green
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the VFW hall on Avery Road.
Following the ceremony, a new monument honoring the late Peter “Flag Man” Orenski will be unveiled in front of town hall.
Orenski’s love for flags led him to help organize an open flag design competition for all residents of New Milford in 1994.
The competition was responsible for the creation of the New Milford flag, designed by Jeanne Price, a teacher at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Design in New York City and a New Milford resident.
In Kent, several Veterans Day events are planned, including a fundraiser to support veterans, a school program and a Veterans Day ceremony.
The ceremony will be held Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial on Maple Street.
Retired Navy Captain Martin Lindenmayer, commander of Post 153, will serve as host for the ceremony, which will include an invocation from Monsignor Vitorio Guerrera of Saint Kateri Tekawitha Parish, followed by a short presentation about Veterans Day, a seven gun salute and taps.
Jane Zatlin, group coordinator of the Kent Quilters, will present a Veterans Quilt to Andy Ocif, the chairman of the Kent Veterans Memorial Committee, and Charlotte Lindsey, the secretary.
Following the ceremony, veterans and their families are invited to the Swift House for a light luncheon hosted by the Kent Quilters.
Members of the American Legion, in cooperation with Davis IGA, will conduct the annual fundraiser outside the IGA to support the American Legion national programs, Operation Comfort Warriors and the Temporary Financial Assistance Program will Nov. 14.
This year, a portion of the funds collected will also be donated to the Kent Veterans Memorial Fund.
In other news, the Kent Veterans Memorial Committee recently added a new monument for the Gulf War and the War on Terror, and undertook major improvements and upgrades to the old monuments.
The names of Kent veterans who have served in the United States military from Aug. 2, 1990 to the present are inscribed on the new monument.