NORTHWEST CORNER — Veterans were honored at local events commemorating Veterans Day, a federal holiday, which was officially celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day when it was first celebrated as an unofficial holiday in November 1919.
The date of November 11 was chosen to commemorate the end of World War I.
In 1938, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in order to honor veterans of all wars. That same year Veterans Day was designated as a federal holiday.
While the continuing COVID pandemic may have changed plans for ceremonies, several of them were held in the Northwest Corner.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 296 Commander Dan Matthews lead a ceremony at Forest View Cemetery, which started at 11 a.m., which is when other ceremonies across the country started.
The hour was chosen because, back on November 11, 1918, the Allied Powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France at exactly that time, which brought an end to World War I.
Picture by Winsted Mayor Althea Candy Perez
In Norfolk, seven flags, one for each branch of the military, along with a Prisoner of War (POW) flag and the American flag were all planted in front of the Town Green.
At the Botelle Elementary School in Norfolk, students created a virtual Veterans Day ceremony:
At the Gilbert School in Winsted, students put together a Veterans Day video: