East Hartford, CT –There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the World War I memorial on the front lawn of the East Hartford Public Library on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021 at 10:30 am. This ceremony will commemorate the veterans of East Hartford from that conflict as well as all veterans, living and deceased.
“Veterans Day serves as a reminder to all to commemorate and honor all past and present veterans for their service and sacrifice, and recognizing these contributions of East Hartford’s sons and daughters is an important and time-honored tradition within our community,” said Mayor Marcia Leclerc.
Representatives from the East Hartford Rochambeau Elms VFW Post 2083, the Historical Society of East Hartford, and the East Hartford Public Library will be present. Additionally, Colonel Leslie Nieves (CT National Guard), a veteran of the Iraq War and Director of Resident Programs and Services for Veterans’ Affairs, State of Connecticut, will lay the wreath, donated by ShopRite of East Hartford, and deliver the closing remarks. The program will end with the tolling of the bell at First Congregational Church, East Hartford.
“We are honored to commemorate the lives and sacrifices of all of our veterans,” said Library Director Sarah Kline Morgan. “We hope that this ceremony will become an annual event to remember and pass on the history of all East Hartford residents who have served in the armed forces.”
All are welcome to join us for this ceremony, which is suitable for all ages. The event will be held, rain or shine, on the front lawn of the East Hartford Public Library. Assemble at the statue near the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue. The program begins promptly at 10:30 am and will last approximately 30 minutes.
Please note that the library will be closed on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled for Friday, November 12 at 10:30 AM. Register on the library’s events calendar to receive a notification if the ceremony is rescheduled: www.easthartfordct.libcal.com