To the Editor:

I wish to thank all the organizations and individuals who made the Kent Memorial Day Parade such a great success.

Thank you to all United States military veterans, members of American Legion Hall Jennings Post #153, the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, the Kent Center School band and director David Poirier, William McCann, Rick Osborne, Jerry Tobin,Williston B. Case, Donald Gleason, Dick and Charlotte Lindsey, the Kent Library Association and the Kent Garden Club.

Also, First Selectman Bruce Adams, the Rev. Lee Hellwig, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Rev. Roger White and the Rev. David McIntosh of St. Andrew’s Church, the Rev. Melinda Keck of the First Congregational Church of Kent, Kent Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Kent Girl Scouts and Brownies, and Bethany Keck, who sang "America the Beautiful."

Special thanks to Kevin Sabia for putting up the flags along Main Street.

Also, thanks to Guy and Stephanie Mauri for the release of their 30 white doves at St. Andrew’s Cemetery.

Special thanks to the 104th Fighter Squadron of the Massachusetts National Guard for the outstanding flyover.

I wish to commend and thank the Kent Lions Club for its continued support by handing out more than 700 hundred flags to spectators, and refreshments provided by Davis IGA given to the children and spectators at the end of the parade.

Also, thanks to All- Star Transportation for providing the bus driven by Heather Gerowe that transported residents and children back to Kent Center School.

I also want to extend my gratitude to the many residents who attended the parade.

Thank you for honoring our veterans, both living and deceased.

Andrew Ocif

Memorial Day

parade marshal

Kent