Area towns are marking Veterans Day Monday. At 10:45 am a gathering was held at the Alumni & Friends Circle outside Old Main on Western Connecticut State University's midtown campus. That event was followed by participation in the national moment of silence at 11 am.
A roll call to honor men and women from Connecticut who died in military service, or have served or are currently serving, began at 11:15 a.m.
A Veterans Day ceremony was held in front of the Danbury War Memorial at 11am as well.
In Ridgefield, the American Legion along with the Marine Corps League and the VFW held a ceremony to honor Ridgefield’s veterans. The ceremony was conducted at the Community Center/Veterans Memorial Garden. The featured speaker was Harold Hval, a seven year Navy veteran who served three years in the South Pacific during World War II.
The program also included patriotic music and speeches by veterans and local officials.
In New Fairfield, the dedication of a Fallen Soldier monument honoring Staff Sgt. Todd “TJ” Lobraico and other town residents killed in action highlighted the town’s Veterans Day services. The 22 year old Lobraico, a 2008 graduate of New Fairfield High School, died September 5th from wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Afghanistan.
He was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at the Stewart Air National Guard base in New York and was serving his second tour in Afghanistan.