Veterans Day: Reflection and commemoration

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HARTFORD -- Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our heroes of the past.

Today, all across the state, there will tributes honoring Connecticut veterans.

In New Britain, veterans will be honored at 10 different memorial sites in that area from 8:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.

At 2:00 p.m., Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Veterans' Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly will attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. Then, at 3:00 p.m., they will celebrate at the Connecticut State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill.

Many businesses are offering special deals today to veterans and active military.

Several buildings in Waterford are lit with green to honor those who served. Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to support veterans by changing one light to green.

As we celebrate and reflect on what this day means, it's evident that veterans face many challenges, including homelessness.  However in late August, the Federal Government declared Connecticut the first state to end chronic homelessness among veterans.  Officials say all known Connecticut vets experiencing chronic homelessness either have housing now or are on a path to permanent housing.

Last year alone there were an estimated 500 homeless veterans in the state.