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A Day to Honor Our Veterans [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

Hundreds of Branford's young and old gathered on the Town Green to salute our veterans.

Yesterday the annual stepped off from behind at the Cenotaph after a ceremony and a solemn moment signified by the playing of Taps.

The community gathered around veterans and members of various marching groups to show solidarity towards those who have served our country. 

If you were at the event, please add your photos to this gallery! 

Outgoing Branford Second Selectman Francis Walsh greeted the group in place of recently re-elected First Selectman Anthony "Unk" DaRos who lost his voice during .

Before stepping off onto South Montowese Street to start the parade, Pastor Steven Chamberlain of the Free Evangelical Church of Branford provided the Invocation and Benediction and soloist Lia Witten lead the group in song. 

The marching band, the Branford Town Band, the Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps, and the Totoket Fife and Drum corps also played patriotic music. 

Marching in the parade were the above groups as well as the 2nd Company Governors Foot Guard, 1st BN 102 Infantry National Guard, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Units, Branford Police Color Guard, Branford Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownie Scouts, Shoreline Antique Auto Connection (antique cars) and Take‐A‐Vet Fishing.

Moderator for the event was U. S. Army captain Vincent Giordano; co‐Marshals Robert Russell, Commander, Branford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10186 (speaker) and John Cooke, Commander, Branford American Legion Post 83 were also present.

The parade concluded on South Main Street as community members flanked the road cheering and thanking vets for their service. 

Steve from SAAC November 16, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Just added a couple more shots from our perspective. Thanks again to all who orchestrated the Branford Veterans Day Observances, and Thanks Veterans! Steve from Shoreline Antique Auto Connection http://home.comcast.net/~shorelinesteve/SAACMainPage.html
Nicole Ball November 16, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Steve, thank you so much for adding these awesome photos!
Steve from SAAC November 16, 2011 at 02:38 PM
I really enjoyed all of your and Amy Graver's great shots too! Perhaps other Branfordites with photos from Sunday can also chime in with some of their favorites. I was very pleased with how easy it was to add my photos to the collection. Thanks again for providing this very nice coverage of Branford's Veterans Day Observances.
Nicole Ball November 16, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Steve, I am so happy you found the photo uploader easy to use! I hope more people will add their photos too! Thanks again!
Steve from SAAC November 16, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Looked like 'Seargeant Z' may have been nursing a neck injury--but good to see him out there, as always, along with Mr. C. in his WWII Jeep. The old police car group was also very cool, as was the fantastic '53 Maxim Firetruck! Thanks again Nicole and keep up the good work!
Steve from SAAC November 26, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Just finished my report on the 2011 Branford Veterans Day Observances & Parade (nice to have some time off from work to be able to spend putting it together): http://home.comcast.net/~shorelinesteve/BFDVETS11/Report.html Looking forward to participating in the Holiday Parade tomorrow evening! Happy Holidays, Steve from SAAC
Nicole Ball November 26, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Thanks for sharing Steve!

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