PLYMOUTH – Plymouth American Legion Post 20 will host a Veterans Appreciation Day on Nov. 7, offering them a hot meal and a chance to connect to important services.
The Veterans Appreciation Day will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the post at 245 Main St. in Terryville on Saturday, Nov. 7. The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 20 will be serving hot dogs and soup. Entertainment will include live music by post member Dave Quick.
Additionally, Department and Post Service Officers will be on-hand to help veterans along with survivors, dependents and caregivers with issues or questions about benefits. Staff from the Veterans Strong Community Center in Bristol will also be present to educate and help with service needs.
"Normally, after the Veterans Day Ceremony, we do an annual event where we provide free food to veterans," said Keith Golnik, commander of Plymouth American Legion Post 20. "This year, since Veterans Day falls on a Wednesday, we decided to offer it Saturday instead. We will also be offering food at a low cost for dependents and spouses. Hopefully we'll get a good amount of people to come out."
Donna Dognin, executive director of the Veterans Strong Community Center, said that the event will be a good opportunity to take their “show on the road” and assist those who might not feel comfortable coming to City Hall.
“It will be so nice because we haven’t been able to do much like that this year,” said Dognin. “We were at the Farmer’s Market but this will be the first veteran-specific event. Knowing the post I’m sure they’ve taken every precaution possible to make this a safe event.”
Plymouth American Legion Post 20 has also announced that this year's Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., outdoors at Baldwin Park.
"We will ring a bell 11 times to symbolize Armistice Day, which is what the holiday was originally called before it evolved into Veterans Day," said Golnik. "We will also be reading the names of all local veterans who have passed since last year."
The Veterans Day ceremony will also include the firing of a three shot volley by the post's firing squad and the playing of "Taps."
Golnik along with Mayor David Merchant will be speaking in honor of veterans.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-550-2689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.