CLINTON and NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — A single red, white, and blue wreath is laid at the veterans memorial in the center of Clinton.
It is one of many ceremonies taking place throughout the state honoring veterans on this day and Congressman Courtney says that’s a good thing.
Members of VFW Post 9918 are among those who gathered in front of the monument to honor those who have come before them.
“It means so much to me, my family, to have service to this country and to be able to honor those who have served is heart warming,” says VFW Post 9918 Commander James Norrie.
A chance to remember and an opportunity to remind all there are veterans who still need help.
“Particularly what’s nice is there’s different age groups here,” says Congressman Joe Courtney who represents the 2nd district. “We’re starting to see some of the newer veterans getting engaged and active which is important.”
This is also a day to learn. Jeff Cashman of Clinton says many don’t know which star represents their home state.
“Connecticut is number 5,” says Cashman who points to the fifth star along the top row of the flag. “It’s the fifth state we signed into our union as Americans as America was growing.”
At Great Clips in Waterford veterans who come in today get a free haircut.
“We just want to say thank you to our vets,” says manager Dina Zufall. “How can you thank someone that’s willing to give their life for you.”
Others who come in to the shop and pay for a service get a free haircut card to give to a veteran.
“It’s very nice of them to do this,” says veteran George Menghi who got a trim today.
Menghi served in the Marine Corps in the late 60’s as did Michael Hatt who was at a Veterans for Peace Vigil in New London.
“Honor the dead, heal the wounded, and end the wars,” says Hatt. “We believe that diplomacy is what we need to do.”
In Groton, the Fairview Odd Fellows Retirement Community holds a pinning ceremony for residents who are veterans.
“I think it’s nice to recognize everybody,” says George Farrah who served in the Army during WWII.
Also dedicated on this Veterans day is the new memorial which sits at the Veterans Walk in Clinton.
The monument is adorned with six shields. One is for the merchant marines.
The VFW recognizes merchant marines who served between 1941 and 1944 as veterans.