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The Easton Senior Center organized a tribute to veterans on Monday, Oct. 13 to show gratitude and recognition for the sacrifices made by veterans of all branches. The event included a complimentary breakfast and a heartfelt performance by the Senior Center’s chorus, The Easton Sharps and Flats.

The event not only honored the veterans but also served as a reminder of their sacrifices and the importance of continually showing appreciation for their service and dedication to the nation.

The Senior Center Choir performs at the Veterans Breakfast. – Photo by Sara Anastasi

Richard Dina, an Army veteran, and many other veterans believe serving was one of the proudest moments of their lives.

“Sixty years later it carries some of the proudest moments I’ve ever experienced,” said Dina. “It also carries difficult issues that don’t go away. Military PTSD affects so many of us.”

The morning was filled with music, camaraderie, and a collective expression of appreciation to the veterans for their service.

Charles Welch, a Navy veteran, said events like the breakfast remind people of the contributions veterans have made to the security and growth of the nation.

Veterans and friends attend the breakfast at the Senior Center. – Photo by Mollie Lewis

“People should not forget what took place,” said Anthony Gionnetta, an Army veteran from Easton. “Veterans deserve to be honored. I think it’s nice.”

First Selectman David Bindelglass addressed the veterans and those in attendance. “Everything we have is because people like our veterans are willing to sacrifice and volunteer so we can live a remarkable way of life and enjoy breakfast this morning,” he said.

Bob Mraz, an officer in the Easton Veterans of Foreign Wars, was one of the speakers at the breakfast.

“Our goal is to spread awareness about our events and what we do,” Mraz said. “We want to help all veterans with disabilities through charitable programs.”

Randy Shapiro, assistant director of the Easton Senior Center, said the center was honored to host the breakfast this year.

“It makes them happy,” he said. “It’s very important that we thank a veteran every chance we get.”

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