Vermont events pay tribute to veterans

Published: Nov. 11, 2022 at 9:15 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2022 at 3:22 PM EST
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ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) - The annual St. Albans Veterans Day Parade Friday morning brought the community together to pay tribute to those who have served.

“It’s of great importance because there are a lot of veterans out there that don’t think they did anything. I want to say to them, ‘You did what you were asked to do,’” said Robert Coon, a World War II veteran who attended.

Hundreds of area students, law enforcement, and veterans marched down Main Street. Coon says that service to the country is something most soldiers feel they have to do. “We just did it. And it may seem that we were very brave people who were doing that, but actually, we were scared. But we were doing it, and doing it well,” he said.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars in collaboration with the city of St. Albans, and local schools have carried on the decades-long tradition of the parade. Some veterans say the event used to be larger in previous years, but that no matter the size, it still feels nice to be appreciated. “My dad used to take movies, and we have some movies of the parade in the 1950s here in St. Albans and they were fantastic,” said John Sanders, a local veteran.

“Throughout the years, I’ve had people recognize me in so many different ways, it feels really great to be recognized,” said veteran Adrien Durenleau.

“The veterans did so much. I’d rather not talk about it too much, but they were honored,” said veteran Maurice Baker.

An emotional moment event that brings the community together.

BATTERY PARK VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCES

Local and state leaders met in Burlington’s Battery Park Friday to honor veterans.

Queen City residents gathered to thank and honor those who served. Senator Patrick Leahy and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger were among those speakers who asked everyone to celebrate the living veterans today and every day.

“There is something that we can unite around, and it is not a conversation that is red or blue, that is black or white. It is not a conversation that is left or right. This is where we all agree, we must support the people who fight for this nation,” said VFW Post 782 Commander Rev. Mark Hughes.

After the event, the VFW hosted the community for a gathering.

Battery Park Veterans Day observances Friday in Burlington.
Battery Park Veterans Day observances Friday in Burlington.(WCAX)

GOV. PHIL SCOTT VETERANS DAY MESSAGE

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Friday issued a statement to honor Veterans. “As the son of a World War II veteran who was severely injured in France after D-Day, I know the sacrifice the brave men and women of our armed forces make, and the risks they take, to serve our country and the values we represent. There is no service more noble than those who are willing to put themselves on the line so that we can live free and safe here at home.,” Scott said. “Although on Veterans Day we give special attention to our nation’s heroes, we should thank those who served every day. If not for them, we would not enjoy the liberties we share today as Americans.”