Hamden home starts thanking veterans early

(WTNH / Kent Pierce)

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Veteran’s Day is still technically a week away, but it’s never too early to remember the sacrifices made by those who served in uniform. That’s exactly what they did today at Hamden’s Davenport Dunbar Residence.

This is the third year that this massive retirement home has hosted a special ceremony for some of its resident heroes.

“Every man should go into the military,” said Army veteran Donald Erickson. “You learn how to respect others, take care of yourself, and be a patriotic person.”

Erickson was in the Army from 1948-1953, and he has plenty of company in the building where he lives now. He gave the Acknowledgement of Deceased Veterans at this morning’s ceremony. When U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal asked the vets in the room to raise their hands, around 45 hands went up. Among them, John Morico, who served in the Army from 1955-1963. He worked mostly in a Texas hospital.

“Where they were getting these guys back from Korea and putting making ears, noses, the surgeons were working and I was doing the research work,” Morico explained.

The ceremony included music from Hamden High and Middle Schools, and praise from politicians from Senator Blumenthal, Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng, and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro. She told the crowd, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

Most of the folks in attendance know that, and many, like Donald Erickson, have spent years supporting his fellow veterans through service organizations.

“It’s sad that more veterans don’t get involved, because it’s fun,” said Erickson.

There’s a different kind of fun for veterans planned for next week. News8 is proud to be a part of Vet’s Rock at Mohegan Sun. For more details, click here.

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