Take a look: Wilton Veterans Day parade and ceremony


A small crowd gathered for Wilton's Veterans Day parade and ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Green on Center Street Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans marched from Wilton Library to the green where Marine Corps Lt. Col. Chris Ladd reflected on the history of the holiday and paid homage to those in uniform today. "We live our lives in Wilton without fear because they are on duty," he said.

Reflecting on a ceremony at Cider Mill School earlier in the morning, state Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) said a veteran there told students "'we need to come back to a country we can be proud of.' That message so resonated with me," she said.

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) praised the "enormous degree of humility, modesty and discretion of our veterans."

Second Selectman Mike Kaelin read a proclamation on behalf of First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice who was unable to attend.

Wilton High School student Benn Seneff sang America the Beautiful and God Bless America, and bagpiper Drew Kennedy played Amazing Grace.

American Legion Post 86 Commander Don Hazzard concluded the ceremony by saying, "all veterans are often ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things. … it is veterans who have given us this extraordinary country."

Veterans then saluted the playing of Taps.
— Jeannette Ross photo