A Veterans Day Experience By Ray Spurr

Story by Ray Spurr

It was a bright clear Sunday November 11th, Veterans Day 2012.

Several of us Vets from the Errera Center attended a Veterans Day dinner at the Hamden Ct. Elks lodge #2224. It’s been my experience that the Elks lodge goes over the top with their hospitality; this was no exception. These events give us the opportunity to meet veterans from WWII and the Korean war. These veterans are becoming fewer and fewer.

Before dinner, the Elks performed a flag retirement ceremony. The hierarchy of the Elks read a scripted ceremony. Then we retired several flags by burning them in a very hot fire (as required by code). This was the first time I took part in a flag burning event. The Elks do a flag retirement ceremony once a year on Veterans Day. A bugler blew Taps to end the ceremony. We then retired indoors for dinner. 

There was plenty of food for all, and it just kept coming until we said “Stop”! After dinner we listened to a speech by the principle of Hamden Middle School who was a Coast Guard veteran. At the end of his speech he read a list of names by service of all that attended the dinner. We all took our turns standing to be acknowledged for our service to our country. In all it was a great day spent with the Elks in Hamden.