FAIRFIELD — The ranks of war veterans in attendance Friday for the Veterans Day ceremonies have thinned a little more each year. But this year, two young West Point Academy plebes were on hand at the Honor Roll in front of Old Town Hall to bear witness.

Dana Furnaro, 19, and a Fairfield resident, and her classmate, Gloria Son, of Colorado, felt they should attend the annual event while home for the long weekend.

The two said their freshman year at the military academy is not easy, but “we’re making it,” Funaro said.

Thomas Quinn, a past commander at American Legion Post 143, said that 116,000 Americans lost their lives in World War I — the war that was supposed to be the one that ended all wars. Since then, he said 509,000 American men and women have died in different wars and police actions.

“We didn’t end all wars,” Quinn said. “We probably never will.”

Joseph Lebinski, from American Legion Post 74, served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which kicked off when the bells at the First Church Congregational chimed to mark the 11 o’clock hour.

“The rank and file of most veterans groups are getting thinner, much thinner,” he said. “It’s getting down to the nitty gritty,” Lebinski said, and called upon the Boy Scouts that were in attendance to carry on the tradition.

“It’s up to you when everybody’s gone,” Lebinski said, “to make sure this day is not forgotten in anyway.”

First Selectman Mike Tetreau said it is important that everyone take the time to “thank every veteran we see. It’s also important to remember those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, and their families, who are making that sacrifice every day.”

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