New Haven Navy Club Ship 245 has extended an invitation to veterans of all services and families of servicemen and women presently on duty to attend a Veterans Day memorial service/flag ceremony and free meal Nov. 11.
New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald will give the invocation at 1 p.m. to start the formal program to honor veterans, and a flag ceremony will follow with the playing of taps on echoing trumpets. A video honoring all veterans will be shown.
The significance of each tri-corner fold of the flag will be explained and the 48-star ceremonial flag will be presented to Navy Club Commander Darrell Kindschy.
Veterans who are unable to attend the 1 p.m. ceremony can go to the Navy Club, 42 Broadway, for a repeat performance at 6 p.m.
Seven hundred Navy Club newsletters outlining the Veterans Day activities were sent to members and other area veterans organizations.
In addition, the club has asked representatives of Veterans Funeral Care (VFC) to explain its veterans services. The organization, which has been assisting families of area veterans since 2010, will outline its alternative to traditional funerals.
According to Vicki Winchester, a VFC representative, the organization handles all gravesite arrangements, including military honor guard, playing of taps, flag ceremony and gun salute. It works closely with family members to set up transport of the body to their choice of cemetery and assists in doing paperwork and filing death certificate information with Veterans Administration.
Navy Club Ship 245 has been the site of several funeral ceremonies/viewings in the past two years and is one reason VFC keeps costs to families reasonable, Winchester said. Parks and other public buildings have also been used for veteran funerals. VFC encourages burial in national and state cemeteries. Because of this, the program was endorsed by the American Legion in 2006.