Top Veterans Day Events In Connecticut

November 4, 2013 7:00 AM

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Once a year is hardly enough time to dedicate to honoring the men and women who have served our country in both times of peace and war. The freedom we all enjoy is a testimony to their dedication and willingness to provide it for all citizens of the United States. Most of us have a direct connection to at least one veteran, whether it be a family member, friend or acquaintance. Take the time to thank them in person this Veterans Day, November 11. Show your appreciation for America’s veterans at one of these events in Connecticut.
440 Top Veterans Day Events In Connecticut

CHS Collection; weapons room (Credit, Edward Main)

Behind-the-Scenes Tours: A Veterans Day Remembrance of Military History

Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 236-5621

Date: Nov. 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Connecticut Historical Society hosts two special behind-the-scenes tours where visitors get a docent-led look at some military items in the CHS collection. Military history items include scrapbooks, uniforms, letters, photographs and weapons used. Of particular attention are Connecticut connections in the wars fought, dating back to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The tours are part of a monthly thematic-based behind-the-scenes tour series and last about 45 minutes. Fees of $5 for members and $15 for non-members includes general admission for the entire day at the museum.

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019 Top Veterans Day Events In Connecticut

US Air Force plane (Credit, Edward Main)

“A Tribute to our Veterans, Servicemen & Servicewomen”

New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
(860) 623-3305

Date: Nov. 10, 2013 from 10 a.m.

This is a very unique experience to meet and talk one-on-one with veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and see some of the incredible aircraft used in many of those combats. Also, visitors are able to sit in the cockpits of a F-100 Super Sabre, the WWII Thunderbolt, the Huey Helicopter, the Cobra Helicopter and more. Activities for the young and young at heart, including a full-flight simulator experience, occur throughout the day at New England’s largest aviation museum. Also, military service support groups will also be on hand with information on ways to help our troops, past and present. Admission prices range from $6.50 (ages 4-11) to $12 (12+) with discounts for seniors and free admission for kids under 4. Veterans and active service personnel are free all month in November.

Thank a Vet!
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 259-1598

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

This event presents a special time for kids, ages 8-13, to meet and learn from veterans and discover what it was like to serve. Hear intriguing stories direct from some military heroes and show your appreciation for their dedicated service to our country. Listen and dance to great patriotic songs plus kids (of all ages) can create and take home their own medal. Refreshments are provided and pre-registration is required for this come-and-go 1.5-hour program.

Veterans Day & Native American Celebration
Institute for American Indian Studies Museum
38 Curtis Road
Washington, CT 06793
(860) 868-0518

Date: Nov. 10, 2013 at 12 p.m.

The Institute For American Indian Studies celebrates Veterans Day in a unique, and appropriately fitting, way. Each year, IAIS honors a local Native American who has served in the United States military. In 2013, Sam Thunderheart of Apache and Taino heritage will be honored, as well as all veterans, both Native and non-Native, who have served our country. A traditional ceremony will be held in the outdoor village, followed by a light lunch; all free to visitors.

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Freedom Run 5K 
Riverside Park
20 Leibert Road
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 652-8866

Date: Nov. 10, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Hit the trails of Hartford’s Riverside Park on a 5K course alongside the Connecticut River to honor our country’s veterans. Proceeds of the race will benefit Give2TheTroops, an organization dedicated to building morale for America’s armed forces deployed around the world through care packages and letters. In addition, collections of gift cards (iTunes,, etc) will be made onsite on race day. Special
pre-race tributes are planned as well.

6th Annual Veterans Day 5K Race/Walk 

950 Campbell Ave.
West Haven, CT 06516

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 10 a.m.

This race is open to runners and walkers of all ages and skills. Proceeds benefit local efforts to construct a Fisher House on the grounds of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s West Haven campus. Fisher Houses provide free accommodations to families of veterans receiving inpatient care.

Edward Main is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on

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