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Through the 11 of Us project, WNPR and CPBN's Institute for Advanced Media are sharing eleven personal stories from veterans and those in their community.In the series, veterans talk about their service and what it means to be a veteran.CPBN is hosting a clothing drive for veterans and their families in Connecticut. Bring new clothing with tags still attached, or gift cards for the purchase of new clothing, to CPBN at 1049 Asylum Avenue in Hartford, attention Mike Komrosky. The drive ends November 17.11 of Us is made possible by Victory Energy Solutions and New England Conservation Services.

Honoring Our Veterans: Stories of Life During and After War

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Wednesday is November 11, a date originally designated by President Woodrow Wilson as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I. After World War II, however, it was renamed Veterans Day to honor all Americans who have served. 

This hour, we focus on them. There are more than 200,000 veterans living in Connecticut and over the last two weeks, we've been airing some of their stories in a special project called 11 of Us. Coming up, we listen to an extended interview with one of the veterans profiled in that series.

We also talk to a New York filmmaker about his new documentary called "Thank You for Your Service." And later, we hear the story of "the hugging and kissing grannies" -- two women who greet soldiers at DFW Airport.


  • Ben Cooper - WWII veteran from Colchester, Connecticut
  • Rick Cooper - Ben Cooper's son
  • Tom Donahue - Director/producer of "Thank You for Your Service"

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Lydia Brown and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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