Veterans Day Ceremony

In 2017 Veterans Day falls on Saturday, November 11, There will be a concert at City Hall in the Concert Hall starting at 9:30 a.m. and perform  from to 10:30 a.m., when the ceremony itself will begin. 

Until World War II occurred, what is now known as World War I was called The Great War. It ended when an armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. Thereafter, this date was honored by commemoration of a national holiday, Armistice Day, and a great tradition was that there would be a moment of silence at 11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month. In the 1950s, the holiday became Veterans Day and it has been known by that name since as a means of honoring all veterans of all wars and conflicts.

US Naval Academy Midshipman and BMHS graduate Carla Moran (l) and US Military Academy Cadet Raymond Vetter (NHS graduate) lead Pledge of Allegiance.

Jake McNiece, 2007 guest speaker.

This year (2017) the guest speaker will be Mary A. Durand, Captain in the Nurse Corps. Captain Durand’s bio can be found on the NVMC’s Facebook web page

As in the past both the USNJROTC from Brien McMahon HS and the USAFJROTC from Norwalk HS will participate. They eagerly await to see who will be awarded the Stew Leonard Trophy for the best precision marching unit during the 2015 Memorial Day parade.

The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by JROTC students from one of Norwalk's two high schools.

The traditional “One Minute of Silence” will be observed at precisely 11 a.m., followed by a rifle three volley salute, performed by the Norwalk PD Honor Guard and then Taps performed by buglers from the NHS Marching Bears and the BMHS Marching Senators. Piper, Deputy Fire Chief Ed Prescott will perform Amazing Grace.

Refreshments, courtesy of American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary, VFW Post 603 Auxiliary, Norwalk, will be served in the Community Room following the ceremony.

Mort Walker, 2006 guest speaker.