Veterans Day services held in Windsor Locks

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Nov. 14, 2013
American Legion Post 36 Chaplain Rose Kone gives the prayer to honor veterans at Memorial Hall. Photos by Lisa Stone.
American Legion Post 36 Chaplain Rose Kone gives the prayer to honor veterans at Memorial Hall. Photos by Lisa Stone.

"We are honoring the sacrifice of all veterans," said American Legion Post 36’s deputy assistant sergeant in arms, Dan Torres. The Nov. 10 Veterans Day ceremony was put on through the joint efforts of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and took place at the St. Mary's and Grove cemeteries.

When those services were complete, the VFW and AL congregated at Memorial Hall to hold the day’s third and final service to pay homage to all Windsor Locks veterans who have lost their lives while serving their country.

VFW Commander Greg Candy gathered his men while AL Commander Jerome Kulas did the same. Both organizations had their Color Guards present while AL Chaplain Rose Kone said a prayer for the souls of the soldiers that perished in action. The two commanders placed a wreath at the base of the memorial plaque that stands in front of Memorial Hall, which is the home to Post 36. “Taps” was played and gun shots sounded as the men saluted their fellow soldiers to thank them for their supreme sacrifice.

"We really need to reach out to the community and let them know what is going on," said Janet Degreenia of the VFW's Ladies Auxiliary. "We are hoping that the community will get more involved with upcoming events and show their support to all the men and women that have given their time, and in some cases, their lives, to keep us free."

The veterans were disappointed in the turnout for the ceremony, as each year seems to bring fewer and fewer civilians to their events. "It is disappointing," said VFW chaplain and Color Guard member Bob DePoutot. "As much as I would like to see more involvement from our community, it's really all about us honoring our own. We all know what sacrifices they made and we all made. We just really need to be sure to keep that alive and remember our brothers and sisters that have died for our country to keep us free and safe. That's what it’s really all about."

DePoutot attributes the decrease in attendance partially to the competition of parades. The organizations hope that the coming years will bring more civilians out to honor the local veterans.

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