WATERTOWN-OAKVILLE — Veterans Day was on Monday, November 11, and communities across the country took a moment to thank the men and women who served in the armed forces. The Water-Oak Veterans Council hosted a ceremony at 11 a.m. on the Oakville Green to commemorate the veterans of the community. Members of the VFW Post 7330, VFW Post 5157 and American Legion Post 195 were present at the ceremony.

Other organizations in town including the Town Council, Board of Education, police department, fire department and Daughters of the American Revolution were present to show their respects to local veterans.

Commander of VFW Post 7330, Paul Wozinak, was the master of ceremonies and began the ceremony by giving a speech about the importance of Veterans Day.

He then invited VFW Post 7330 Chaplain Mike Minervino to say a prayer.

American Legion Post 195 Commander Dan D’Angelis gave a speech to note the sacrifice veterans have given to ensure America’s freedoms.

Both state Sen. Eric Berthel, R-32, and state Rep. Joe Polletta, R-68, were present and offered their thanks to the local veterans present.

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, D-5, took a few moments to announce the renaming of the Oakville Post Office to the Oakville Veterans Memorial Post Office.

Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty had proposed re-naming the post office in 2018. A law was signed by President Donald Trump in December last year officiating the name change.

Ms. Hayes took a moment to speak to the veterans and thank them for their service and sacrifices. She also thanked her predecessor for initiating the name change for the post and working to pass it in Congress.

Ms. Hayes acknowledged that the Oakville VFW Post 7330 is the largest VFW in the state.

“It is quite a tremendous accomplishment,” she said, highlighting the size of the VFW and the commitment of residents willing to serve in the Armed Forces.

Jung Sullivan, a representative from the United States Postal Service, presented a plaque that announced the name change of the post office.

Present at the ceremony were veterans who had taken part in conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and more, highlighting that throughout the years, residents of town have committed themselves to the safety of America and its ideals.

Near the end of the ceremony wreaths were laid at the World War II Memorial on the Oakville Green. The VFW Post 7330 Color Guard performed a gun salute while “Taps” was played.

“Oakville is one of the most patriotic towns around,” said Vietnam War veteran Richard Hines, highlighting the large turnout for the ceremony.

“God bless the day,” said Korean War veteran Anthony Fusco, commenting on the wonderful weather on Monday. 

While Veterans Day may be over, it is important for citizens to remember the men and women who are currently serving in the nation’s armed forces.

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