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Wilton Honors Veterans With Town March

WILTON, Conn. – A march from the Wilton Library to a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Green on Friday will kick off the town's Veteran's Day celebrations. 

The march, which will begin at 10:15 a.m., is meant to remember veterans, said Donald Hazzard, the commander of American Legion Post 86 in Wilton. Hazzard served in the U.S. Navy as a SeaBee during Vietnam and has been involved with the Legion for about 25 years. The ceremony should last about 20 minutes. 

“We have a senior from the high school that sings the national anthem and 'God Bless America,' trumpeters from the high school to play Taps,” Hazzard said.

Phil Reeves, back from his second tour in Iraq as a helicopter instructor, will be give a speech. Reeves has made his career in the military.

Usually 40 to 50 people attend the memorial walk and 30 of them are veterans from World War 2, the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Hazzard said.

“After the ceremony we raise the flag during 'Taps,' then we all retire over to the Legion Hall for coffee and donuts,” Hazzard said. After the ceremony, “The veterans head over to the schools because they’re holding assemblies all day,” Hazzard said.

All the Wilton public schools will be holding assemblies, and at Miller-Driscoll Elementary the students will be singing patriotic songs and talking with Wilton’s veterans at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m.

On Friday, the library is hosting two Danbury authors from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss their book "Forsaken Heroes of the Pacific War: One Man’s True Story." Registration for the event is recommended.

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