Veterans march on Veterans Day

At 10:10 a.m. Nov. 11, American Legion Post 86 will be stepping off for Wilton’s annual Veterans Day parade.

Led by the post, Wilton veterans will set out from Wilton Library up River Road to the Veterans Memorial Green, where a ceremony will take place in honor of their service and sacrifices.

This year, marking 50 years since U.S. ground troops arrived in Vietnam, American Legion Post 86 Commander Don Hazzard will speak as a veteran of the Vietnam War.

The ceremony will also feature remarks from state Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) and renditions of God Bless America and America the Beautiful sung by Wilton High School student Griffin King.

First Selectman Bill Brennan, a former U.S. Air Force captain, will read the Veterans Day proclamation.

To close the ceremony, Wilton High School students Jordan Reichgut and Elliot Connors will perform taps on the bugle and the flag will be raised to full staff.

Afterward, the public is invited for complimentary coffee and donuts on the second floor of American Legion Post 86, in Wilton Center next to the Village Market.

Some of the veterans who march in the parade will break off when the march is over and head over to Veterans Day ceremonies at Wilton schools such as Middlebrook School and Wilton High School.

“It’s great to get the veterans all together,” said Hazzard. “We’re proud Americans; we’re proud servicemen.”