WWII vets from across country to reunite in Danbury
DANBURY — World War II veterans from across the country will reunite in the city over the next few days.
About seven veterans and their families are expected at the 70th WWII Veteran Reunion and Education Forum, held at the Crowne Plaza. The veterans fought in General George Patton’s Third Army in the Battle of the Bulge and belong to the 87th Infantry Division Legacy Association, said Marylisa Diorio, the daughter of a late veteran from the division.
“Our mission is to educate the decedents of the greatest generation and to honor and respect the WWII veterans as they so much rightly deserve,” she said in an email.
Most veterans will arrive in Danbury on Thursday before visiting West Point on Friday, where they will pay respects to a World War II captain, Diorio said.
The public is invited to educational forums from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 pm. on Saturday. Mayor Mark Boughton is expected to attend the banquet dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, when he will present proclamations to the veterans, Diorio said.
The association holds an annual reunion for veterans and other members, according to its website.