Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Veterans Day events in Greater New Haven

Here are some upcoming events during which you can show respect for veterans

In Milford: Several events are scheduled for Nov. 7.
—The Milford Senior Center will hold a tribute at 12:15 p.m.
—The city’s annual Veterans Day parade starts at 2 p.m. at the Parsons Government Center and goes to the Green.
— A free musical program will be held at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 110 River St.
City Hall doors will open at 3 p.m.
"A Musical Salute to Our Veterans" will be presented by the Milford Concert Band in conjunction with Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15. For details on the concert, call 203-260-6625.

In Woodbridge: The Painted Pomegranate at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, presents a "tea and play day" 10 a.m.–noon Nov. 11. There will be a brunch and activities for all ages. The event is free for veterans and their children ages 2-14, and $8 for nonveteran families. Call Daniela Balzano at 203-387-2522, ext. 227.

In Hamden: A free breakfast to honor local veterans will be held 8 a.m. Nov. 11 at Atria Larson Place, 1450 Whitney Ave. RSVP by Nov. 8 to 203-248-8880.
Also in Hamden: Elks Lodge 2224 will present a roast beef luncheon Sunday at the lodge, 175 School St. A flag retirement ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. All veterans will be recognized at the event. Cash bar is available. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the lodge after 4 p.m., by calling 203-248-2224 or by leaving name and phone number with Don Tozzo at 203-288-0455; some tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will support the Elks veterans programs.
Also in Hamden: A dinner will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Charles W. Wood, VFW Post 10321, 403 Morse St. Donations are accepted. For details, call the VFW at 203-773-3967 or Walter and Lenora Turner at 203-562-6638.

In West Haven: The city and the Veterans Council invite veterans of all wars and conflicts to participate in a tribute at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 on the Veterans Walk of Honor in Bradley Point Park.
Mayor John M. Picard and council President Lori Grenfell will speak at the event, which will include a wreath-laying ceremony.
Held rain or shine, the public service will begin with a presentation of colors by the West Haven Police Color Guard and a flag-raising by the West Haven Fire Department Honor Guard, followed by a rendition of the national anthem by Jaclyn Chiarelli and a prayer by council Chaplain Francis Blanchette.
The ceremony will include a patriotic musical selection by Chiarelli, taps by former West Shore Fire Department Lt. Kevin McKeon and a moment of silence at 11 a.m.

Families can pay tribute to military members by donating $1 to enroll the name of a veteran or service member on a special "Honor Roll of Heroes" at the Rocky Hill memorial.
The goal is to raise $600,000 for the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial.

In Old Saybrook: Old Saybrook Public Schools celebrate Veterans Day with school assemblies, ceremonies and activities honoring local veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces. The day will feature a breakfast at 7:15 a.m. at Old Saybrook High School followed by a school wide assembly with student speakers; at 9:30 a.m. veterans proceed to Old Saybrook Middle School for coffee, and a 10 a.m. patriotic musical concert with 5th graders; 11 a.m. American Legion ceremony on the town Green; and ends with a 2:15 p.m. program for veterans at Goodwin Elementary School.
Nov. 13 is the day for family members to drop off $1 donations at five state armories statewide and fill out a short form with the name of the veteran to be honored.
Forms will be available at the armories as well as any Rockville Bank or Collinsville Savings Society.
For more information, including "Honor Roll of Heroes" forms go to
Donations can be sent to: Connecticut State Veterans Memorial, c/o Rockville Bank, P.O. Box 660 Rockville 06066.
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