Today is Veterans Day. Westporters — those who served our country, and those who simply wished to honor them — gathered in the Town Hall auditorium, for an 11 a.m. 11/11 ceremony.
Back in the day — the World Wars I and II, Korean and Vietnam Wars day — Town Hall was located on the Post Road. It was a small, handsome building next to what was then the Fine Arts Theater.
Today the old Town Hall is next door to Restoration Hardware — and it’s where you’ll find the Rothbard Ale + Larder restaurant.
There’s another reason it’s appropriate to run this photo today. Stevan Dohanos’ December 1943 Saturday Evening Post cover showed our town’s Honor Roll. It celebrated all our citizens serving in the armed forces that year — quite a while after the above photo was taken.
This was the 1st of Dohanos’ 136 covers for the magazine.
Today the Honor Roll is part of Veterans Green, opposite the current Town Hall on Myrtle Avenue.
Of course, there are many more names now than when Dohanos made Westport’s Town Hall famous, nationwide.