Following its annual tradition, New Canaan held a ceremony Friday morning at 11 a.m. to honor its veterans. Jim Bach, a Korean War veteran and a lifelong New Canaan resident, was the keynote speaker.

He took the time to highlight New Canaan's involvement in every major war this country has been involved in from the Revolutionary War, when New Canaan was still Canaan Parish, to the Gulf War nearly 20 years ago.

"During the Revolutionary War, before there even was a Town of New Canaan, the population of Canaan Parish was about 1,000 souls," Back said. "Nonetheless, some 213 of them bore arms for the militia and/or Washington's Continental Army. That's roughly 20 percent of the then population. 22 of our citizens and soldiers lost their lives between 1775 and 1783. Many of whom were imprisoned or as a result of disease."

New Canaan continued the tradition of a large amount of volunteers more than 150 years later during World War II when 17 percent of the population enlisted, the most out of any municipality in the state.

"Now we get to 1940. The population of New Canaan is up to 6,200. In what was truly a world war, 1,054 New Canaanites eventually wear a uniform," Bach said. "That number elevates up to 1,080 when you include those who served in the Merchant Marine and in the Coast Guard."

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Bach also recalled an interesting fact about many of the street names in town, which are named after several veterans of the War of 1812.

"Those soldiers, in a way, live on today as many recognizable street names," Bach said. "Weed, Hanford, Benedict, Scofield, Chichester and St. John come to mind."