Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It is a special if not a bit solemn day. It is November 11, Veterans Day (US) and Remembrance Day (Canada). The eleventh month, eleventh day, eleventh hour in 1918, 'The War to End All Wars' (if only). It is a fine day on the green in Derby, Ct. Skies as blue as you hope, chilly but not freezing temperatures, and many vets on hand, many from WWII. Flags everywhere, the Derby High School chorus singing so nicely. What you hope to see, a remembering of all soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. All who fought for freedom.
Of note , Mayor Tony Staffieri of Derby spoke, himself a Purple Heart recipient in Vietnam. We must not forget ant vet's service, any war. Sadly, so many of the WWII vets are passing on. After the nine- gun salute, it was on to the lonely trumpet playing Taps. It is searing. The trumpeter today is Bernie, someone Patti knows from writing about local vets for the paper. He sounded crisp, and played Taps well. Unfortunately, he keeps in practice by playing at many veterans funerals...Let none of us forget. Ever.