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President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations”. In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of “National Veterans Day”. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985.
On Saturday November 9th 2013, Don Clady and the Connecticut Cruise News presented the “Western Connecticut Vet Fest 9th Annual Salute Our Veteran & Marine Corps Birthday Celebration Bike & Car Show”. The event was held at the sprawling Faith Church Grounds, Route 7, New Milford, Connecticut.Cars, trucks and motorcycles of all makes, models and years, were welcomed along with all Veterans and Patriots. Special displays by various military groups and organizations were in attendance to help support our troops, veterans and their families. DJ Music, Trophies, Door Prizes, Raffles, 50/50 and Goodie Bags were given out by Don and his group. Continued...
On Sunday, November 3, 2013, in Hartford, Connecticut, approximately 3,000 veterans, representing service members from World War II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, participated in the Hartford, Connecticut Veterans Parade. The veterans were accompanied by fife and drum corps and marching bands from local middle and high schools along with members of Central Connecticut State University. At 11:30 a.m. a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park honoring all of our fallen soldiers. A bugler from the First Company Governor's Foot Guard and the re-enactment group Ye Old Lebanon Town Militia, marched in recognition of the Revolutionary War members. Ceremonial cannon blasts from the First Litchfield Artillery signaled the start of the parade and a moment of silence took place at 12:30 p.m. The parade participants stopped in place to honor all our soldiers who died in service. A tolling of church bells and singing of the National Anthem followed the moment of silence. This is the largest veterans' parade in New England and one of the biggest tributes to veterans in the United States. Continued...
Apple Pi Robotics hosted a “Spooktacular Cruise In” at Moroso Performance Products in Guilford, Connecticut on Sunday, October 27TH. Moroso, one of the premier manufacturers of racing and street performance car parts, is one of the world’s most respected suppliers of automotive equipment for racing and street performance applications. On Sunday, they hosted a mega fundraiser for the high school student group, Apple Pi Robotics. Apple Pi Robotics is a group of high school students from Guilford and surrounding communities working to make the connection between the academic lessons of a high school curriculum and the world of an engineering based business. The Spooktacular Cruise was a well orchestrated event that drew many automobile aficionados. Many makes, models and year cars were on hand including a custom built 1800 horsepower dragster which was fired up and brought to life, much to the delight of the crowd. The event included food, drinks, music, robotics demonstrations, a tire changing contest, raffles and more. The event ran from 10:00AM through 3:00PM. Continued…
The Seymour Lins 44th Annual Benefit Car Show!
The Seymour Lions Club presented its 44th Annual Benefit Car Show on Sunday, October 20, 2013. It was held at the M.P.I. Corporation located in the Silvermine Industrial Park, 4 Progress Avenue, Seymour, CT. Although many special interest, antique and vintage car owners started arriving at 6:00AM to capture a good parking spot for their show vehicles, the official show time started at and ran well through curfew. The judged show featured many antique, custom, stock, hot rod, and classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association were also in attendance with their classic and special interest police cars. 75 trophies were given to the top judged cars in all classes. Food tents and concessioners were plentiful with musical entertainment provided by the group “Crash 21" rock band. All and all, great job Seymour Lions, another great car show this year! Continued...
The 105th Columbus Day Parade 2013, Bridgeport, Connecticut took place on Sunday, October 13, 2013! The parade which started at the intersection of Wayne and Jewett Avenues in Bridgeport, included more than 80 units, such as the Trumbull and Masuk High School Marching Bands, Bridgeport’s Park City Pride Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps, Fairfield Gaelic Pipe and Drum Band, the Parris Island Marine Corps Band and members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association with their antique and special interest police cars. In addition, this year’s parade also featured large helium-inflated character balloons and more than eight floats, including a replica of the Santa Maria with Christopher Columbus at the helm. Ringling Brothers clowns and performers also marched in the parade along with an attention-getting and crowd-appreciated confetti cannon. The Connecticut National Guard took part in the festivities along with the “Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine”, also commonly known as Shriners, who drove their miniature cars in the parade. Continued...
Car Show benefiting the Holyoke Soldiers' Home!
Honoring our Veterans, pat, present and future, the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts was the site of the 2013 Soldiers' Home Car Show. The show was hosted by the Stars & Stripes Car Club with all makes and model cars, trucks and motorcycles in attendance today, Sunday, September 29, 2013. The money raised from this car show will go to the soldiers' home recreation fund which will pay for outings and other activities benefiting the soldiers' home residents. Photos courtesy of Ted Stockmon
Welcome To The 2013 Orange Country Fair, Orange, Conneticut!
The 42nd Annual Engine 260 Antique Fire Apparatus Show & Muster was held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Milford, Ct. This year’s event started at 9:00 a.m., with an impressive parade of antique fire apparatus, vintage police vehicles from the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association and ambulances both present day and vintage. As in years past, the parade traveled from the Liberty Rock Shopping Plaza, 589 Bridgeport Avenue, to Meadowside Road, through Milford center onto North Street, and ended at Eisenhower Park located on Route 121. The event attracts firefighters from Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and provides an opportunity for firefighters to demonstrate their competitive skills and allow their teams to battle for first-place trophies in eight competitions. More than 25 muster teams battled to see who would reign supreme in the Tug Of War, the Midnight Alarm, the Water Barrel Blast, Arena Pumping, the Bucket Brigade and Save the Baby, where firefighters race to raise and climb a ladder to rescue an infant child mannequin from a tower. Children who wanted to participate in the festivities were made “Firefighter for the Day”, given a fireman’s helmet and then shown how to safely handle a fire hose. An interactive fire prevention trailer was also on site for crowd perusal and provided a spot where firefighters taught children how to get out of a burning building and how to execute the “Stop, Drop and Roll” life-saving technique. The proceeds from the show benefit Camp Happiness, a summer camp for special-needs children. Plenty of hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, water and soda were sold, with those proceeds also going to the camp. Continued...
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