GREENWICH, Conn. -- In an effort to pull together all veterans services and organizations into a cohesive organization, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei announced that various veterans representatives are continuing to meet, and are extending an invitation to all veterans organizations to participate in the formation of the Greenwich Veterans Council.
The council expects to become a clearinghouse for information and programs available to veterans including employment, health and counseling services. The group also plans to become a platform for communicating patriotic activities and other events in Greenwich that reflect the town’s appreciation for each veteran’s service and sacrifices that they and their families have made to our country.
“The Town of Greenwich stands ready to provide assistance and support to the men and women in town in appreciation for their dedication and service to our country," said Tesei. "Recognition of their collective efforts to defend our nation shouldn’t be limited to one or two holidays but rather every day, throughout the year.”
Some of the events planned for the 2016 Memorial Day Weekend include:
- American Legion Post 29 and other veterans organizations will place American flags on the graves of veterans at cemeteries around town.
- Cos Cob VFW Post 8 Memorial Day service at the intersection of Strickland and River roads in Cos Cob at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 28.
- Byram Veterans Association Annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 29.
- Glenville Volunteer Fire Department Annual Memorial Day Parade and service (starts on Glenville Street at Walker Court, to the Veterans Memorial next to the Fire House) at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 29.
- Memorial Day Dock Service at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club at 8 a.m., Monday, May 30.
- Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department Memorial Day Parade (starts on Sound Beach Avenue at Shore Acre Drive), followed by Binney Park Services in Old Greenwich at 10 a.m., Monday, May 30.
For more information regarding services available to veterans, contact George O’Loughlin of the Greenwich Department of Social Services at 203-622-3802 or email go’firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information of the Greenwich Veterans Council contact Barbara Heins, Barbara.email@example.com or 203 622-7702.