American Legion Posts in Plainville and Southington will pay tribute to those who served on Veterans Day.
In Plainville, a brief Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe.
“Members of the American Legion and VFW posts will be doing readings,” said Plainville Veterans Commission member Daniel Kulas. “There will be seven people speaking, each reading part of a script provided by the Legion headquarters.”
Veterans Memorial Park was established in 1945, has monuments honoring residents who fought in the Civil War, World War I and World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm.
In Southington, American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 will hold their annual Veterans Day ceremony at 10:55 a.m. at Post 72, which is located across from the town green at 64 Main St.
This year, while there will still be a physical ceremony held, people will also be able to view the ceremony remotely.
“We will also be live streaming this event this year on our Facebook page so everyone can have the opportunity to watch,” said Post Commander Jason Cap. “Due to updated covid-19 restrictions issued by the Governor, we are highly encouraging people to join in from home on our live stream.”
People will be able to view the Southington Veterans Day ceremony on facebook.com/kiltonicpost72.
Cap said that the local high school robotics team will assist with the audio and visual presentation for the event as they did on Memorial Day. He will emcee the event, which will include several speakers such as the post’s Auxiliary Commander and Past Commander. The Marine Corps firing squad will also participate as will the Southington Knights of Columbus, who will present the post with a White Cross.
Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, is held on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year to coincide with the date in 1918 when the Armistice with Germany took effect, ending World War I. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include veterans of other wars.
While Memorial Day specifically honors those who died in service to their country, Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
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