Woodbridge officials and a number of residents gathered November 11 to mark Veterans Day with the traditional ceremony. Rain had caused the ceremony to be held in the Center Building gym rather than at the VFW memorial outside.
As in past years, US Army Capt. Barry Josephs had organized the event and served as master of ceremonies. Rev. Shepard Parsons of First Church of Christ pronounced the invocation and offered a benediction. Susan Antinozzi sang the National Anthem and America The Beautiful. Michael Soufrine placed a wreath in memory of his son Eric, who was killed in Afghanistan by an IED.
State Sen. Joseph Crisco, State Rep. Themis Klarides and First Selectman Ellen Scalettar were the speakers. The first selectman directly addressed the handful of veterans present and thanked them for the safety and security their service helped provide. She made mention of the effort at the state level to end chronic homelessness among veterans and reminded them that Woodbridge Human Resources Director MaryEllen LaRocca is the veteran ombudsman for the town of Woodbridge.
Klarides said all the political differences notwithstanding, people do agree when it comes to honoring those who served. She also read a poem by Charles Province.
Crisco also used a quote, by Elmer Davis, to illustrate the direct influence of the military on our freedoms. “This nation will only remain the land of the free as long as it is the home of the brave,” he said.