Al Sabetta, adjutant of Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16, said veterans play many roles in the community even as they continue to serve.
"We see them every day. They should have the honor today and also every day for all that they have done for serving their country," he said.
Sabetta also made a plea to remember veterans who have fallen on hard times and are struggling.
"Let us not forget our brother and sister veterans who are filling soup kitchens, shelters, every day of the year," he said. "We owe them as much honor for they are veterans, too."
Post 16 has more than 450 members, Sabetta said. But the passage of time has left only 50 members of the dwindling band of brothers who served in World War II. Korean War and Vietnam War veterans are also falling as well, Sabetta said.
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti praised veterans for all they have done for the nation.
"People paid the price for freedom so we can enjoy the lives that we live," he said.
"They paid that price with their lives, their minds and their bodies and so we say thank you to all of them and we as Americans every day should appreciate the ground that we walk on and the things that we have because nobody else has it like us."
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