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Posted on: November 12, 2019

Veterans honored, 13th phase of Brick Campaign launched

Veterans Day 2019 I

WEST HAVEN, Nov. 12, 2019 — Sean P. Ronan, senior vice commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9422, gives the invocation in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, in Bradley Point Park. Looking on are, from front left, mayoral Executive Assistant Lou Esposito, West Haven Veterans Council President Dave Ricci, City Council Chairman Ronald M. Quagliani, West Haven High School junior Nora E. Mullins, and state Reps. Charles J. Ferraro, R-West Haven, and Michael A. DiMassa, D-West Haven.

The tribute, held on the Veterans Walk of Honor, commenced with a presentation of the colors by the West Haven Police Color Guard and a flag-raising by the West Haven Fire Department Honor Guard. It followed with the singing of the national anthem by Mullins and remarks from Esposito, the master of ceremonies, on behalf of Mayor Nancy R. Rossi.

The event also included remarks from Ricci, a bell-ringing at 11 a.m. and taps played by retired West Shore Fire Department Lt. Kevin McKeon.

Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is celebrated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, marking the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

To coincide with the solemn ceremony, the Veterans Council officially launched the 13th phase of its popular Brick Campaign.

In November 2006, the council began the first of 13 campaigns selling bricks to memorialize veterans on the 100-yard Walk of Honor between the William A. Soderman and Vietnam Veterans memorials.

The bricks, which cost $75, have charcoal lettering for personalized messages.

More than 2,700 bricks have been installed so far, including 51 for the 12th phase, which was dedicated May 25.

Download a Brick Application.

Applications, due Monday, March 16, are also available in the mayor’s office at City Hall, 355 Main St. For details, call 203-937-3510.

(City Photo/Patricia C. Horvath)

Veterans Day 2019 I

Sean P. Ronan, senior vice commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9422, gives the invocation in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, in Bradley Point Park. Looking on are, from front left, mayoral Executive Assistant Lou Esposito, West Haven Veterans Council President Dave Ricci, City Council Chairman Ronald M. Quagliani, West Haven High School junior Nora E. Mullins, and state Reps. Charles J. Ferraro, R-West Haven, and Michael A. DiMassa, D-West Haven. (City Photo/Patricia C. Horvath)

Veterans Day 2019 II

The West Haven Police Color Guard leads the opening procession. (City Photo/Patricia C. Horvath)

Veterans Day 2019 III

Members of West Haven Vietnam Veterans salute. (City Photo/Patricia C. Horvath)

Veterans Day 2019 IV

Retired West Shore Fire Department Lt. Kevin McKeon plays taps as his father, George McKeon, salutes. (City Photo/Patricia C. Horvath)

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