Wilton offers a tribute to our veterans

Wilton's Veterans Day ceremony was held with sunny weather at the Veterans Memorial Green in Wilton Center on Sunday morning, Nov. 11. Residents, members of Wilton's American Legion, and town and state officials came to honor service men and woman who have and are currently serving our country.

Bill Glass, junior vice commander of Wilton's American Legion, Post 86, delivered Sunday morning's opening prayer.

First Selectman Bill Brennan read a proclamation urging Americans to "honor our veterans from all walks, many of whom have charged into harm's way, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice, to protect the freedoms that have blessed America" and dedicate themselves "to the goal of an enduring peace, so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."

Donald Hazzard, Post 86 commander, spoke about the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the armed forces, serving America. He also discussed the challenges that veterans face as they return to civilian life. (The full text of his speech may be found on page 5A.)

Following Mr. Hazzard's speech, Taps was played by Wilton High student Roman Musilli. Anthony Saltarelli, also a student, played the Echo response from the fallen fighters.

The flag detail, led by Post Adjutant Tom Moore, raised the American flag from half-mast to full mast.

The ceremony concluded with Wilton High senior Jack Jankowski leading the crowd in God Bless America.

Sam Polis, 86, the oldest member of the town's American Legion, was also on hand to pay tribute.

He has been living in Wilton since 1975. He was a company commander during the Korean War and a prisoner of war in World War II — spending his 19th birthday as a prisoner in France.

For information about Wilton's American Legion, Post 86, visit post86legion.org or call 203-918-3767.