Veterans Day probably doesn't get the attention it deserves, as it takes place during a busy time of year featuring plenty of other holidays. With that being said, Coastal Connecticut does have a few events taking place in 2019 that are well worth checking out.
The Veterans Day holiday is about remembering the sacrifices of those who served in the United States military. It's important to take just a few minutes over the course of the weekend to think about the people who both risked and gave their lives to help us maintain the freedoms we have to this day.
If you have the time on Veterans Day weekend, stop by one of these short events to show your support for the troops. As the veterans march through a town near you, they'll be glad to know that you appreciate everything that they've put into ensuring that the people of this country are safe.
East Haven Veterans Day Parade
East Haven will have a Veterans Day event on November 11 at 11:00 AM. At 10:45, a group of veterans and town officials will meet at the American Legion Post 89 on Thompson Avenue before walking down Main Street to East Haven Town Green. There is a War Memorial at Town Green, at which the veterans will render honors.
After the ceremony, everyone is invited back to the Legion for coffee and to hear the stories of some of the area's most respected veterans.
Branford Veterans Day Parade
A whole lot is happening in Branford on Veterans Day weekend, as this is one community on the Connecticut Shoreline that still goes all out for this holiday.
On November 10, the festivities begin at 9:00 AM, with ceremonies at each of the town's seven cemeteries. These ceremonies include a wreath-laying, in addition to a firing squad salute and the playing of Taps. There is also a ceremony for Naval officers at 12:15 PM on the South Montowese Street Bridge.
Branford will then host its annual Veterans Day Parade, which follows a special ceremony to honor all who have served. The service gets started at 1:00 PM, with the parade kicking off at 1:30.
The parade will include performances by five different groups:
The Branford Town Band will perform at Town Green during the parade, as well.
Also in Branford, the Thimble Island Brewing Company will host its Veterans Appreciation Day on November 11 at 4:00 PM. This event provides 20% off for all veterans and active-duty military members.
If you're really looking to get into Veterans Day, Branford is your best bet.
Chester Veterans Day Parade
There's a Veterans Day Parade in Chester, Connecticut, on November 11 at 11:00 AM. The event is quite simple, as everyone meets in the parking lot at St. Joseph's Parish before marching to the War Memorial across the street, where they'll hold a short ceremony. From there, the march continues to the flagpole in the town center for another quick service.
Overall, the event in Chester is quite brief, but it gets you out and showing your appreciation for those who have served.
Placing Flags in Middletown
Up in Middletown, there's a flag-placing event at the Veterans Cemetery on Bow Lane. It all gets started at 9:00 AM on November 9, and about 10,000 flags will be placed overall.
You don't have to register ahead of time to participate, so you can decide at the last minute if you want to make the quick trip to Middletown to lay some flags for the fallen troops.
Coastal Connecticut Veterans Day Events
While you won't find Veterans Day parades in every town, some smaller ceremonies will likely take place at other locations on the Connecticut Shoreline, as well. Keep an eye out for gatherings that remember the efforts and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have gone to war to protect our way of life.
Veterans Day is an important holiday in this country, so make sure you get out there to show your support for the people who have risked or given their lives for our freedom.