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Veteran’s Day

Henry Sternberg, Writer

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November 11 commemorated the armistice that ended World War 1. Veteran’s Day is a holiday intended to honor and thank all the veterans who served in the United States Military. Schools and offices were closed across the country.

In New Milford, the town came together to praise and pay tribute to its veterans. At New Milford’s annual Veterans Day service, New Milford’s Mayor Ann Subrizi spoke alongside various aspects of New Milford in a moment of unity, which served as a break from the tension that has gripped America as a result of the election.

Singers and musicians from New Milford High School contributed to the ceremony. Members from New Milford’s Choral Ensemble sang the “Star Spangled Banner”, “America the Beautiful”, and a select group of three New Milford seniors, Jay Guevara, Nikolas Rivera, and Justin Malvada, sang “America the Land I Love”. A New Milford trumpeter, Sean Johnson, also played taps towards the end of the ceremony.

Jill Maniago (‘17) a member of New Milford’s Choral Ensemble said, “Singing in the ensemble for the Veteran’s Day ceremony was such a peaceful and heartwarming experience. Taking a moment to come together and thank all the veterans who have served our country is crucial, especially since there has been a lot of chaos this past week.”

Pia Gonzales(’17), another member of New Milford’s Choral Ensemble said, “I felt a lot of pride in our veterans. I truly appreciated how they risked their lives to protect us, the people of America. I also felt sad over how our fallen troops could never experience to the full extent the lives they give us.”

Veterans from most of the branches of the military were present. They were joined by members of the police, the VFW, the Elks Club, the Women’s Club, and various other representatives of organizations.

Members of the Gooney Bird Detachment, a fellowship of Marines and Corpsmen, shared their respect for American traditions. One member spoke about the sacrifices veterans have made for America.

Several businesses in town also showed their support. Dunkin Donuts donated hot chocolate and munchkins and Glaze Donuts donated dozens of donuts for people to eat after the ceremony. Glaze Donuts, throughout Veteran’s Day, also gave a free doughnut to veterans who visited the business. One could truly see New Milford in an excellent light.

The ceremony was an hour long and well worth the time.

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