THOMASTON — All veterans and their families are invited to attend the 3rd Annual “Salute to Veterans” on Saturday, 8-10 a.m. at Thomaston Railroad Station, at 242 East Main St.

The Railroad Museum of New England (RMNE) is partnering with the Thomaston’s American Legion Post 22 and the Thomaston Savings Bank. In addition to a ceremony of appreciation, coffee and breakfast will be served.

Ed Olsace, Commander of Thomaston’s American Legion Post 22, will be leading the program to commemorate veterans of all wars along with other officials of the Post. Olsace has been planning this event since early September when he met with Steve Casey, President of the Museum, and Kim Curry, Thomaston Savings Bank Branch Manager. “We are extremely pleased with the community support we get every year for this worthwhile event,” Casey stated. “We try to thank veterans every day for their sacrifices, but it’s great to be part of a team to do something special to recognize them.”

“We are extremely pleased with the community support we get every year for this worthwhile event,” Casey stated. “We try to thank veterans every day for their sacrifices so it’s great to be part of a team to do something special to recognize them.”

The Thomaston Historical Society’s Robert Magdziarz is adding a special feature to the event. He has posted photos of several Thomaston veterans from different wars on the station bulletin board. Magdziarz, like many young men from Thomaston, left for his military service from the train station. He served in the Army Signal Corps starting in 1953. His brother, Zigmund, also took a train from the station to serve in 1944. Zigmund Magdiarz also served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II.

The RMNE, located at the historic Thomaston Train Station, is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and historical organization that dates back to January 1968. The mission of the RMNE is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through our educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad.

The museum concept is more than artifacts — it is also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad. More information about the Railroad Museum of New England can be found at: www.rmne.org.

Media Contact: Steve Casey, 83peachtree@gmail.com, 860.716.4854