Memorial Day is set aside every year to remember the lives sacrificed in service to the country. Typically, we celebrate with parades, hot dogs and flag waving, not to mention various events put on by veterans in our communities, who are an integral part of the day in most areas.
We looked through census data to see which towns across Southwestern Connecticut have the largest percentage of living veterans.
Across our 31 towns in our area, there are more than 58,000 living veterans, according to data from the 2011 American Community Survey, a report completed by the U.S. Census Bureau. That accounts for roughly 7 percent of the adult population here, which puts the saturation of veterans in our backyard at slightly less than the 9 percent national average.
Here in Southwestern Connecticut, most veterans served during the Vietnam War era, which stands in line with the national trend. In fact, there are only two towns where the most-common time frame for service was in a different conflict: In Trumbull, more veterans served in the Korean War and in Westport, more veterans served in World War II than any other.
Check out where the veterans live here: