Town Diary - November 2000
Honoring veterans at Barkhamsted Center - November 11, 2000
Veterans Day ceremonies were conducted in Barkhamsted on the
green of the Center Cemetery. People starting gathering just before 11 a.m.
in a light rain on a gray Saturday. David Gidman starting the ceremony with
the ringing of the bell which originally hung in the Universalist Church in Barkhamsted
Photo above showing people gathering for Veterans Day ceremonies at Barkhamsted
Lt. Colonel William Boyle, master of ceremonies, introduced First
Selectman Mike Fox who welcomed those in attendance. Mr. Fox spoke of the
importance of events such as this and of honoring veterans from all conflicts regardless
of whether society has labeled them "good" wars or "bad" wars.
Barkhamsted First Selectman Mike Fox (nearest Ct. State flag pole) with opening
A period of silence was observed, followed by remarks and a prayer
from Father John Bowler of New Hartford. William Sexauer then placed a wreath
on the Soldiers Monument in honor of all veterans. Mr. Sexauer, a Barkhamsted
resident and former 3rd Selectman of Barkhamsted, saw action in World War II in
many areas. He served as a corpsman (medic) in North Africa, Sicily, Italy
and landed with the 4th Infantry Division at Utah Beach in Normandy, France on June
6, 1944. Later he served in the Pacific as preparations were being made to
William Sexauer of Barkhamsted places a wreath on the Soldiers Monument.
David Gidman then tolled the bell eleven times. November
11th was originally designated as Armistice Day to recognize the end of World War
I when the peace ending that war was finalized on the 11th hour of the 11th day
of the 11th month. Father John Bowler concluded the day's ceremony with a
Bell ringer David Gidman, organizer-in-chief of the Veterans Day ceremony.
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