(WFSB) - Veterans Day is being observed on Monday, so across the state memorials have been scheduled to honor, thank, and remember those who served our country.
A ceremony happened in Wethersfield for 11 a.m.
In Plainville, events have been planned at four schools in honor of Veterans Day.
A breakfast with vets was held at the cafeteria inside Plainville High School at 8 a.m.
A musical performance and a flag ceremony took place from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Plainville Middle School.
"We're trying to help them understand really what this means," said Suzanne Schweitzer, a veteran and the middle school's psychologist.
Schweitzer said it took about a month to put the event together.
"It takes a village to put this on and we're so proud and we're so excited," she said.
"We've made thank you cards, we decorated, we've baked, we've done all that we can to make this special of a day as possible for our veterans," said Melanie Olmstead, health teacher.
The assembly also featured special tributes to vets and guest speakers, including Arthur Wiknik, who was drafted into the U.S. Army in May 1968 and served in Vietnam.
He said Vietnam veterans didn't get the recognition they deserved decades ago.
"Something I was so proud of was something to be ashamed of," Wiknik said. "It was a terrible feeling."
He said he is proud of his service and felt it is important to share his story.
He said if students are going to take away one thing from Monday's ceremony, it should be to "recognize and appreciate veterans for what they do."
At Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School, a ceremony also place at 9 a.m. That too included music and speakers.
Students at Louis Toffolon Elementary School held a Veterans Day program starting at 9:55 a.m.
There was also a coffee reception at 9:30 a.m. and a flag ceremony at 9:45 a.m.
Events are also being held in Windsor, the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, and CCSU in New Britain.