Lawmakers and other officials said they want people to look past their differences in honor of Veterans Day.
Many of them issued statements on Friday, calling the day one to honor those who made sacrifices for the good of the country.
“Today we put aside our differences and our anxiety about the world around us to thank the men and women who have sacrificed so much for this great nation. It is to their service that we owe our freedom. For that, I am eternally grateful," Sen. Chris Murphy said in a statement on Friday. "Connecticut is the proud home of over 200,000 veterans. Our state has made great strides in improving access to health care and reducing homelessness among our veterans, but there’s still a lot more work to do. If you or a loved one is a veteran and needs assistance with services or benefits, please reach out to my office. You have earned them, and we are here to help.”
People including Rep. Elizabeth packed inside the main entrance at Waterbury City Hall at 11 a.m. Community groups and city officials dedicated wreaths to honor veterans and local leaders shared their feelings on sacrifices made by service men and women.
"Even after a contentious election, no shots were fired," Esty said. "We transfer power and that's the way it's supposed to be. And that's what men and women in this country fought and died for."
Esty expressed how few community's are as patriotic as Waterbury and thanked everyone for their service. Joseph Nolan's son died serving in Iraq and he explained the meaning of the Waterbury ceremony to him.
"It means a lot it's a way of remembering a way of honoring no just my son but all of the fallen and all of the people who have served for that matter," Nolan said.
Esty joined Veterans Memorial Committee Members, Gold Star families and veterans for two events on Friday. The second is at Central Connecticut State University's Alumni Hall at 3 p.m.
Today we should unite around our profound respect for & commitment to our nation's veterans. Some thoughts on what Veterans Day is about: pic.twitter.com/Q6RBGIJMuu— Elizabeth Esty (@RepEsty) November 11, 2016
Middletown police took to their Facebook page to show the pride they have for the officers on the force that have served.
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