Windsor's departed veterans were honored Saturday afternoon at the Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetary in a wreath-laying ceremony attended by family, friends, state officials, and their fellow serviceman of the American Legion Post number 59.
The ceremony, which took place from 11:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., was organized by the Hispanic-American Veterans of Connecticut and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Wreaths were provided by Wreaths Across America. Speakers at the ceremony included Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, while closing remarks were provided by Lucia Goicoechea-Hernandez, the vice president and founder of Hispanic-American Veterans of Connecticut. This is the fourth such ceremony held at the Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery, according to Goicoechea-Hernandez.
Both speakers paid tribute to the sacrifice and dedication of veterans both interred and still fighting overseas in their speeches, with Wyman praising Wreaths Across America for their work in keeping the memories of the departed alive. Blumenthal chose to speak to the dedication of the soldiers and veterans of our comtemporary wars, saying that it was their sacrifice that "kept that bell ringing" in the present day.