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New Britain - Mayor Erin E. Stewart and Veterans Commission Chairman Peter Scirpo announced today that the City of New Britain will be hosting a Veterans Day Service at Walnut Hill Park at the WWI Memorial Monument on Wednesday, November 11th at 11 a.m. to honor all Veterans.

The Veterans Day Service is a commemorative ceremony which pays tribute to and recognizes and honors the men and women who have served or are still serving in the United States military. The Service will include placing of a wreath on the WWI Memorial, invocations, and the vocals for the National Anthem, the cadence, and “Taps” performed by the New Britain High School Madrigal and Band students. While wreaths will be placed by the florist at all of the Memorials that had been typically visited during the Veterans Day Services, a formal ceremony will not take place at those locations due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“New Britain has a long and great history of honoring our veterans,” said Mayor Erin E. Stewart. “While many Americans will never know the true extent of bravery, courage, and strength that our veterans have displayed while in the service, we know that they are without a doubt our country’s greatest champions. New Britain and the City’s Veterans Commission are proud to honor all our veterans and thank them for the multiple contributions they have made to our nation and community. We are proud to continue our tradition of tribute and will always pay homage to our heroes.”

Veterans Commission Chairman Peter Scirpo noted that “During these days of strife, we are often reminded of the heroes who last forever in our hearts and minds. Those who served in the U.S. Military and returned home from combat are the backbone of heroes to our children for generations to come.”

“It is my sincere hope that the residents of New Britain and Americans everywhere take the time this Veterans Day to really contemplate and give thanks for everything our military has done and continues to do for us all,” said Erik Barbieri, Director of the New Britain Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department.

Sandy Keefe, Veterans Affairs Clerk, added, “I am forever grateful to all Veterans for their service to our country. It is important for us to remember, respect, honor, and thank them. Our Veterans Day Service is one very nice way that New Britain is doing that.”

Following the ceremony, there will be a special recognition of people representing organizations who have partnered in a project to donate clothing to veterans in need. This will express our gratitude to the Travelers Insurance Company for their donation of clothing and funding needed to enable Sandy Lavoy, Sr. VP of Community Services and her staff at CW Resources to sew flags on the apparel to be donated. Also present will be Peter Scirpo, the Chairman of the New Britain Veterans Commission, as well as representatives from Veterans Inc., the Friendship Center, the New Britain Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, and the Rocky Hill Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs who will help distribute the clothing to veterans.

For more information about the service or if you know of a Veteran in need of clothing, please contact Sandy at the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department at 860 826 3362.

Media Contact:
Sandy Keefe, Veterans Affairs Clerk

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