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Veterans Day 2017 in Haddam

By K. Brown.p

Haddam celebrates its veterans every day with its Veterans Museum and monument in the center of Higganum, but Veterans Day is a day to stop and really thank our veterans for their service. We do it in different ways.

Veterans Day, November 11, was originally set as Armistice Day in 1938 to honor the end of World War I which took place on November 11, 1918. In 1954, Congress amended the holiday, changing it to Veterans Day, to “honor American veterans of all wars.” It is different than Memorial Day, celebrated on May 30 each year, which honors those who have died serving in the military.

US Navy veteran Pat Murphy leads the Cougars onto the field


Last night, the Haddam Killingworth High School invited veterans to the football game, and made them honorary co-captains for the night. Eight veterans participated, and Pat Murphy led the team onto the field. Three of the men were fathers of HKHS football players: Pat Murphy, Keone Maher, and Ron Lavoie. See more details of the game HERE.

On Veterans Day, veterans come together at 11 a.m. at the monument in front of the Veterans Museum and stand watch. If you haven’t been to the Veterans Museum in town, it’s worth the trip. There is no admission to the museum, and they will open for one person or a group. The phone number for the museum is 860-345-5105, but you can call any member: Rick Annino 860-345-4802, Harold Edman 860-345-5693. It’s great for Senior groups, children’s groups, scouts, or just a visit to reflect on the history of this great country.

The veterans have been doing this in Higganum for 8-10 years at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate the end of World War I, then called “The Great War.”

There are veterans in our midst every day. There are quite a few participating in the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company. “First they served our country, and now they serve our community as volunteer firefighters. Haddam Volunteer Fire Company salutes our veteran military servicemen,” said Olivia Drake, HVFCo Public Information Officer.

  • Mike Sapia is currently on active duty with the U.S. Navy.
  • Junior member Becky Durinick is currently a Petty Officer Third Class for the Navy and is the Nautilus SSN-571 indoctrination division commander.
  • Ron Annino – Navy, 4 years, Aviation jet mechanic
  • Rick Annino – Navy, 4 years, Aviation jet mechanic
  • Malcolm Meyer – Air Force
  • Joshua Meyer – Emergency Management Craftsman at United States Air Force
  • Nate Meyer – Navy
  • Scott Kuchyt – Air Force
  • Bob Kadrle – Army

If you see a veteran, thank them for their service. We retain our American rights and liberties, because these men and women dedicate part of their lives to defending it.


Photo Credits: HKHS football game by Chad Giulini. HVFCo veterans by Olivia Drake. Veterans in Higganum center by Sarah Prue.