Bethel Honors Veterans at 11-11-11 Service

Bethel Honors Veterans at 11-11-11 Service

A large crowd gathered on the lawn of the Bethel Municipal Center on a blustery Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. on 11/11/11 to honor Veterans.   Wreaths were placed at the Veteran’s Monument to honor fallen soldiers and Veterans. The service was led by Skipp Clapp Adjutant, American Legion Post 100 who thanked Veterans for their service and said: “This is what we do; we watch out for each other. That’s why we are how we are. You have to have been there in order to understand how we feel. For those of us who have been there you know what I’m talking about. For those of us who haven’t I hope you are envious because we are very proud.”

First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker spoke of the freedoms Veterans fought for that some may take for granted such as voting by saying: “Just a few days ago we had an election and what’s remarkable about that is that it’s unremarkable. Nobody had to fear that they would take their life in their hands by going to the polls. They did not have to fear suicide bombers, IEDs, car bombs and any of these horrible things that we unfortunately read about in our newspapers.”

“We have this way of life because of the sacrifice of so many Veterans who have given their lives for our country,” Knickerbocker said.

“On behalf of all of us, the Town of Bethel and our society, I thank you Veterans for what you do and thank you everyone for coming to honor them. Thank you again and God bless you all.”

Following the gun salute, Veteran Tulio Belardinelli played “Taps” on the trumpet while Veterans of Foreign wars stood at attention. Children and staff of St. Mary’s School closed the services by leading the crowd in singing God Bless America.

Click here to watch video of today’s services with St. Mary’s students singing at the end.

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