Cheshire’s annual Veterans Day ceremony honoring the men and women who have served in America’s armed forces will be held on the First Congregational Church green, 111 Church Dr., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.
The ceremony is co-sponsored by the Cheshire Veterans Council (CVC) and the Town of Cheshire. The CVC consists of American Legion Post 92, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10052, the Army Air Force Roundtable, Disabled American Veterans, and AmVets.
This year’s featured speaker, Cheshire’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeff Solan, will discuss how the Cheshire School System, from kindergarten through high school, presents the role of veterans in American history and American society.
A parade of color guards — veterans, the Police and Fire Departments, and Girl and Boy Scouts — will open the ceremony. The Rev. James Campbell, senior minister of the First Congregational Church, will offer the Invocation and Benediction. Two Cheshire High School seniors, Hayley Falk and Tim Nugent, will lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Cheshire Town Council Chairman Rob Oris will offer greetings from the Town.
A wreath in honor of veterans will be placed at the Civil War Monument on the green. Members of the Cheshire High School VIP Chorus will sing the National Anthem and “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”
Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day; it celebrated the end of World War One. The peace accord was signed and the guns fell silent at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918. After the Korean War, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to include the veterans of all wars. So annually, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, America honors those who served in the military to protect our nation.
In 2019, approximately 100 people attended the ceremony. The Veterans Council hopes for an even larger crowd this year and urges Cheshire residents to come to the green at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day. “If you value your freedom as Americans,” the Council states, “you can thank veterans for protecting that. Please be there to show you care.”
The ceremony will last about 45 minutes. Public health regulations require attendees to wear face masks and observe social distancing.