Top 2014 Veteran’s Day Events In Connecticut

Top 2014 Veteran’s Day Events In Connecticut
Not all Veterans Day ceremonies in Connecticut will be held on the actual Veterans Day, November 11, this year. Although most towns host their memorial ceremonies on the 11, Connecticut’s Veterans Day gets off to an early start on November 2 with the annual Veterans Parade in downtown Hartford. The Sunday parade steps off at 12:30 pm. On November 8, Foxwoods hosts a boxing match between the Army team from West Point and the Coast Guard team from the academy in Connecticut’s own city of New London. The following day, the New England Air Museum hosts its annual tribute to veterans at its facility near Hartford’s Bradley International Airport. Over the course of the weeks before and after the November 11 holiday, there are parades, solemn ceremonies and runs and walks to raise funds for and honor veterans throughout the state. Here are just five of the top Veterans Day events in Connecticut for 2014.

Veterans Day Boxing Spectacular (Fundraiser)
Fox Theater – Foxwoods Resort
350 Trolley Line Blvd.
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(800) 200-2882

Date: Nov. 8, 2014

The boxing teams from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (located in Connecticut at New London) will battle it out in the “Veterans Day Boxing Spectacular” at the Fox Theater in the Foxwoods Resort on November 8. The matches will pay tribute to local veterans as well as raise funds for one of the nation’s top veterans support group, Team Red White and Blue and for the National Collegiate Boxing Association.

New England Air Museum Tribute to Veterans
New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
(860) 623-3305

Date: Nov. 9, 2014

Veterans and active duty military are invited to come free of charge while paying visitors and volunteers – including many veterans – mark Veterans Day with a special tour of the three hangars that house so many military and civilian aircraft at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks. Many of the volunteers flew either the actual planes on display or planes of their type either in commercial or military service. Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the Gulf Wars will give talks standing beside aircraft with which they are so familiar – and help visitors climb in the cockpits of these famous warbirds. Representatives from numerous veterans groups and organizations that support veterans’ causes will also be on hand for veterans and their families who are seeking information about such services.

Danbury Council of Veterans Veterans Day Ceremony
Danbury War Memorial Building
1 Memorial Drive
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 743-3932

Date: Nov. 11, 2014

The six veterans organizations that make up the Danbury Council of Veterans will mark Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11 at a ceremony inside the War Memorial Building. The building is a non-profit educational and recreational center maintained in honor of those who have served their country. Participants in the annual Veterans Day memorial ceremony will include the officers and members from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 149, American Legion Post 60, The Marine Corps League (Hat City Detachment), Catholic War Veterans Post 1042, the Korean War Veterans Association and The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 25. A second ceremony honoring Vietnam veterans will be held two days later at the Vietnam Monument in Rogers Park, in which the War Memorial Building is situated. The November 13 ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. For additional information on the Council of Veterans, contact its president, Bill Moser, at (203) 792-4032 visit its website. 

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7th Annual Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk
950 Campbell Ave.
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 261-7963

Date: Nov. 11, 2014

The Veterans Administration Connecticut (or just VA Connecticut for short) Healthcare System 5k Run/Walk will begin at 10 a.m. in West Haven on Veterans Day itself. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing to the families visiting hospitalized veterans. The local Knights of Columbus of the Rev. James McCarten Assembly 119 co-sponsor and help out at the annual event. Start Line Race Systems provides professional timing services, and HI-TEK racing takes care of the web page support and online registration. Race fees are $25 (for those who did not sign up prior to October 31) and can be paid either when registering online or at the site of the race on Veterans Day. Donations are encouraged and accepted online, and can be made anonymously or in the name of a veteran – living or dead.

Veterans Day Ceremonies – Town of Brooklyn
4 Wolf Den Road
Brooklyn, CT 06234
(860) 779-3411

Date: Nov. 11, 2014  

The town of Brooklyn honors veterans with one of the most solemn and moving yet simple set of ceremonies in the state. Starting at 1 p.m. on Veterans Day, a color guard will march to the series of war memorials and monuments opposite the town’s Mortlake Fire Department. A bugler will play Taps and an honor guard will fire a three-volley salute. Prayers will be offered for those who gave the last full measure of devotion, and there will be a laying of wreaths.

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