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Newington honored its veterans. They remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice by placing wreaths by memorial. (WFSB) Newington honored its veterans. They remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice by placing wreaths by memorial. (WFSB)
Wreaths were placed at a memorial in Newington on Wednesday. (WFSB) Wreaths were placed at a memorial in Newington on Wednesday. (WFSB)
Newington's police chief spoke to a crowd at town hall on Veterans Day. (WFSB) Newington's police chief spoke to a crowd at town hall on Veterans Day. (WFSB)
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NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Many people across the country, including in Connecticut, took a moment on Wednesday to honor those who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces.    

As the nation celebrated Veterans Day, the town of Newington remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice. To see a list of ceremonies held throughout the state, click here

Officials were happy with the turnout for a ceremony honoring our veterans, past and present at the Newington Town Hall on Wednesday morning.  

Wreaths were place on this memorial for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Local boy scouts and those with Newington High School also placed roses on the memorial to remember veterans who lost their lives while serving our country. The memorial is right before you enter Newington Town Hall.

"Being able to place the roses is a good experience," said sixth grader Christopher Page.

"It makes me feel very proud that I'm here to honor our veterans who have risk lives for America's freedom," said sixth grader Jake Lasek.

There were many speakers including Newington Police Chief Stephen Clark.

"To all our veterans, on behalf of the men and women of the Newington Police Department, please accept our salute to you for all that you have given us. Thank you," Clark said.

Clark said there are 20 million living veterans in the United States and when you see one, you should thank them for their service.

Coming up on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. you'll hear from some of these veterans and others who were here on what the day means to them and how they honor the military not just on Veterans Day, but every day.

There are several year-round charities that help veterans as everyday endeavor. To see a full list of those national organizations, click here

Students at West Hill Elementary School in Rocky Hill sang America the Beautiful to veterans on Wednesday morning.

They also heard from Rocky Hill resident and retired Air Force Staff Sergeant Ron Catania. He talked about traveling the world and his duties in the Vietnam War.

“What I hope they can take away is understanding what a veteran is,” Catania said. “Understanding what we went through understanding little about the war but not making it so complex that they don't understand and as they go through the grades they'll understand better.”

The school also collected toiletries to donate to troops who are currently serving as part of Operation Gratitude. 

Throughout Veterans Day, many businesses locally and nationally are offering those men and women who served special benefits and free items. To see the full list of businesses participating, click here

For anyone who wants to honor one of their friends or family members who served in the United States Armed Forces, Eyewitness News has created a photo gallery from viewer pictures. To see photos of local veterans on your mobile device, click here

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