The town’s annual Memorial Day parade and ceremonies, saluting who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation, will take place Monday, May 29.
The parade is set to step off at 9 a.m. near Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave.
Ceremonies will follow on Veterans Green on Myrtle Avenue.
In case inclement weather cancels the parade, the memorial ceremonies will be moved to Town Hall’s auditorium at 10 a.m.
After stepping off at Saugatuck Elementary School, the parade will follow a line of march heading north on Riverside Avenue and turn right onto Post Road West, cross the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge to Post Road East, turn left on Myrtle Avenue, pass Town Hall and Veterans Green, and end in Parker Harding Plaza.
Ceremonies on Veterans Green will include the following participants: Tom Dubrosky, of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 399, as master of ceremonies; Rabbi Greg Wall of Beit Chaverim Synagogue will deliver the invocation; VFW 399 Auxiliary will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and Nicholas Rossi will sing the National Anthem.
First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker will deliver a welcome address, and World War II veteran Ben Pepper, the parade’s grand marshal, will be introduced.
Concluding the ceremony, a memorial wreath will be placed by members of American Legion Post 63 and VFW Post 399; there will be a firing detail salute by the Police Department; Taps will be performed by Staples High School Band buglers Deneil Betfarhad and Delaney McGee; the Staples Band will deliver “Logan’s Orders,” and Rabbi Wall will give the benediction. After the parade and ceremony everyone is invited to the VFW Post 399 located at 465 Riverside Ave for lunch with our veterans.
VFW Post 399, VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Post 63 helped organize a trash clean-up on Riverside Ave during the annual Clean-up Westport Day on Saturday April 22nd. Our Team superbly assembled an “All Hands“ working party to help clean-up the neighborhood. Remember, we are committed to veterans, families of veterans, and the community in which we live. A special thanks to everyone who helped make the event a huge success!