NORWICH – On Friday the Norwich VFW, along with members of the American Legion and City of Norwich officials, will honor veterans with a brief memorial ceremony in East Park.
Members of the Christy Rock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2782, of Norwich will host a Veterans Day service in East Park on November 11 with ceremonies taking place at 11 a.m.
The time and date mark the end of World War I when the formal agreement to end the war was signed on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. The day is a memorial to honor all fallen veterans.
Wreaths honoring World War I veterans are placed in front of the World War I monument in East Park. During the service, several other wreaths are placed by veterans and members of civic organizations.
The wreaths recognize veterans of foreign and domestic wars, veterans of the war on global terror, disabled veterans, fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders, POW and MIA veterans, World War II veterans lost at sea, and Gold Star Mothers.
At last year’s service VFW Chaplain, Pastor Lex Danyluk, read the invocation and benediction.
“We gather today to remember our military. We acknowledge that their service enables us to walk freely and safely. Lord, we ask that you abundantly bless those who have previously served. May their service be rewarded in every way, and may they gain heavenly blessings for their selfless love for our great nation,” he said.
“Father, we stop now to remember those who are currently serving. We ask that you provide them with protection and strength. We ask that you protect their families. We ask that you remember our prisoners of war, our missing in action.”