Veterans Day, when we take a day to stop and recognize the sacrifices made by our servicemen, servicewomen and their families, is less than two weeks away. Accordingly, the town of Windsor has announced plans for its observance ceremonies, which will feature a familiar face to a number of residents.
The town announced recently Windsor High teacher and Massachusetts Air National Guard First Lieutenant Steven Ortiz will be this year’s keynote speaker.
Ortiz, Windsor High’s band leader, serves as the Services Readiness Officer and Commander of the Fatality Search and Recovery Team for the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass.For his service, Ortiz has been awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement medal and the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Windsor’s annual observance will be held on Mon., Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at town hall. The ceremony is open to the public.
Windsor High will also honor the sacrifices of those in our military, with a ceremony kicking off the same morning.
According to Windsor High, Dr. Jelani Cobb, will speak about the service of African Americans during the Civil War, and the Windsor High Band will play military music.
Cobb, an associate professor of history at UConn, is the Director of the Institute of African American Studies and a contributor to The New Yorker.
This ceremony is also free and open to the public. It will begin at 9:15 a.m. in Windsor High's auditorium.