This Friday at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Chippens Hill Middle School, there will be the annual ceremony for Veterans Day. Sponsored by the Bristol Veterans Council with organizational help from Tim Gamache, a United States Navy veteran, the event honors those who gave their lives for the country.
The Sea Scouts of Ship 2 will be greeting and assisting all attendees at the doors.
Master of Ceremonies this year is the vice chairman of the Bristol Veterans Council, a retired Bristol police officer and a retired United States Army first sergeant, David Carello.
This year’s program begins with the Presentation of the Colors by American Legion Post 2’s Color Guard followed by Dave’s Carello’s opening remarks and an opening prayer given by Deacon Stanley Piotrowski, a United States Air Force veteran and treasurer of the Bristol Veterans Council. The prayer will be followed by the National Anthem sung by Molly Westfall followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by the Scouts of Pack 433. Westfall will also be singing the anthems of each service branch later in the ceremony, and we ask that all those in attendance with a connection of service to the individual branches
Bristol City Mayor Ken Cockayne will speak. United States Air Force veteran Chuck Bouffard and former mayor and United States Marine Corps veteran Art Ward will be conducting the MIA/POW table presentation.
The guest speakers this year are two younger veterans from the area. Captain Christopher Rossi, United States Army, will share some of his training and experiences in the service as well as his experiences as a platoon leader with the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Senior Airman Christina Muniz, Connecticut Air National Guard, will share some of her personal experiences as well as experiences from her deployment as part of the search and recovery team tasked with finding the missing Americans in the collapse of the Hotel Montana during the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. Muniz also will be speaking on her service as a military honor guard team member helping pay military respects to many of our area veterans who are no longer with us. Reach for the Stars Academy of Dance will dance. Bristol Veterans Council chairman and United States Marine Corps veteran Russ Trudel will follow with a poem he wrote in 2003 in support of the troops called “The Uniform.”
A closing prayer will then be offered by Brother Leonard Webster a United States Navy Veteran, and the colors retired.
For any and all interested, Forestville will be conducting a Veterans Day Ceremony on the green in the center of Forestville following this ceremony, and American Legion Post 2 will be serving a complimentary lunch to all veterans and their families that would like to attend from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the hall at Post 2.