Honoring veterans

Honoring veterans

Members of the Captain Stephen Betts Society of the Children of the American Revolution honored Wilton veterans buried at St. Matthew’s Cemetery during a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13. From top left they are Ryan Caulfield, Dylan Pojano, Elliot Connors, Trevor Brown, Tucker Bendix, Morgan Fischer, Caileigh Murray, Julian Pojano and Logan Dzurilla. Many of the veterans buried in the cemetery served as far back as the American Revolution. Among them is Thomas Durand, an African-American soldier from Wilton. Also buried in the cemetery is Frances Lydia Keeler, a first-generation daughter of a soldier who died in the Revolutionary War, also known as a ‘Real Daughter.’ Wreaths Across America is a national, nonprofit organization that works to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony as well as at veterans cemeteries in all 50 states and beyond. Since 2008, Congress has issued a proclamation officially recognizing national Wreaths Across America Day each December. This year it was Dec. 13. The theme this year is ‘Remember, Honor, Teach — Don’t Say I Should Have, Say I Did!”