Mayor-elect Ken Cockayne of Bristol issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day on Monday:
The City of Bristol is home to one of the largest Veterans community in the State of Connecticut. Many Bristol residents have served our country with distinction and far too many have lost their lives defending the freedoms that we enjoy as a people.
Today is a day that we stop to not only honor those individuals but to reflect on their service. In addition, I think it is appropriate that we keep in mind the members of our veterans’ families who have shared in the sacrifice and service to our nation.
I ask every Bristol resident today to stop and take the time to approach a veteran or active member of our military and thank them for their service to our nation. I also ask every resident of this community to tour the history of our veteran’s community by taking a tour of VeteransMemorial Park on the Memorial Boulevard, which is a shining example of our commitment as a community to honor these brave men and women.
On behalf of a grateful city, I humbly thank those Bristol residents who have given up a part of their lives to protect and defend our nation.