Town gathers on Veterans Day to honor armed forces

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Nov. 15, 2012
Lt. Col. Robert Nugent gives his keynote speech at the annual Windsor Veterans' Day observance on Nov. 11. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Lt. Col. Robert Nugent gives his keynote speech at the annual Windsor Veterans' Day observance on Nov. 11. Photos by Colin Rajala.

American patriotic music performed by the Windsor High School band echoed throughout the Windsor Town Hall and out into the parking lot, while members of the community and veterans proceeded into the Council Chambers for Windsor’s annual Veterans' Day observance on Nov. 11. Smiles and tears were shared by guests, as the solemn event gave guests a chance to remember those who sacrificed their lives for their country while also allowing them to rejoice for the freedoms and liberties made possible by the soldiers’ undertaking.

“Today as we remember and recognize our veterans, we recognize their families who have stood beside them and have served and sacrificed on their own,” said Lt. Col. Robert Nugent, keynote speaker and Windsor resident. “This uniform has changed many times in 237 years; what hasn’t changed has been the determination and the spiritual strength of the men and women willing to serve this nation.”

Community members and veterans stood at attention, the vets saluting the colors, as everyone sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," then received the invocation and placed their hands over their hearts for the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Windsor High School senior Sam Crisanti shared the experiences he had at Boys State before Nugent gave his keynote speech.

Nugent ended with a quote from John F. Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” He left the crowd encouraging them to, “See the change in the face of veterans, and see how you can help them. On this Veterans' Day, I ask you not to just utter words of thanks to the veterans, but let your actions be the torch you hold high. Think of their service, think of their sacrifice, just don’t say thanks to our veterans; show it. “

The observance came to a conclusion with a three-volley salute and the playing of "Taps" to salute the dead, a musical selection to salute all the branches of the armed forces and the singing of "God Bless America."

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