Veterans Day Mass, ceremony Saturday

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ data from 2011, there are nearly 23 million living veterans of the U.S. armed forces from both the periods of war and peace from 1775 to 1991. Then we have to add the approximately 1.5 servicemen and -women involved in the global war on terrorism since 2001.
It’s only fitting in the year that we commemorate the War of 1812 that we take a quick look at how many men served in the conflict that ended in 1815 – 286,730. Fairfielders too was involved in that war.
Here’s another interesting fact: Of the more than 16 million service members of World War II, only 1.7 million survive. My father was one of those veterans – having served in U.S. Army including the D-Day invasion. He died in 2007. Though he rarely talked about his World War II experience, my father was always proud of his service to this country.
All of the men and women who opt for military service deserve our gratitude.
And we here in Fairfield can do our part to show our appreciation and thank them for their selflessness by attending ceremonies to mark the day, which technically is Nov. 11.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, St. Pius X Church on Brookside Drive is hosting an 8:30 a.m. Mass to honor our veterans. The parish welcomes town officials, representatives of the veterans’ organizations and family and friends of all veterans, living and deceased.
Fairfield ’s annual memorial service will take place at the Town Hall green, including a ceremony at the Honor Roll, at 11 a.m. the same day. Everyone is invited – in fact, encouraged – to attend. Additionally, the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a veterans’ reception from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Old Academy, which is also on the Town Hall green campus.

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