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Darien Pays Tribute To Veterans This Weekend

Photo of laurel wreath from Veterans Day 2015 at Veterans Circle at Darien Town Hall
Photo of laurel wreath from Veterans Day 2015 at Veterans Circle at Darien Town Hall Photo Credit: Courtesy of Karen Polett

DARIEN, Conn. -- At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.), the town of Darien will observe Veterans Day in front of Town Hall in the Veterans Memorial Circle.

The Town Monuments and Ceremonies Commission and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Darien Post No. 6933 will host the observance. The 2017 Presidential proclamation will be read. The public and many local and state officials have been invited to attend.

In anticipation of Veterans Day, schools in Darien will be honoring veterans. It is a day where those whom children know as father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, aunt, uncle, brother or sister, can be recognized as people whose sacrifice and willingness to serve their country, exemplify the qualities that should be instilled in children.

In 1918, the cessation of fighting on the Western Front occurred at 11 a.m. Paris time, on the 11th day of the 11th month. This was in accordance with the armistice signed at 5 a.m. that morning in Compiegne, France. In 1919 ceremonies were held in the United States, England, France and Belgium to commemorate the date and time of the implementation of the armistice agreement. Since 1954, it has been commemorated as Veterans Day, observed at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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