To the Editor:

As the Kent parade marshal and adjutant of American Legion Post 153 in Kent, I wish to thank all the organizations and individuals who made the Kent Memorial Day parade such a success.

Thank you to all United States military veterans; members of American Legion Hall Jennings Post 153; and the Kent Volunteer Fire Department.

Thank you to the Kent Center School band, David Poirier, director; William McCann; Rick Osborne; Peter Duncan; Jerry Tobin; Williston B. Case; Donald Gleason; the Kent Library Association; First Selectman Bruce Adams; the Rev. Roger White of St. Andrew's Church; the Rev. Melinda Keck of the First Congregational Church of Kent; the Rev. Thomas Berberich, Sacred Heart Catholic Church; Kent Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts; Kent Girl Scouts and Brownies; and Bethany Keck. who sang so beautifully.

Special thanks to Timothy Brown, who along with Richard and Charlotte Lindsay put up the flags on Main Street, and to the Massachusetts National Guard for the outstanding flyover.

I wish to commend and thank the Kent Lions Club for its continued support in handing out more than 800 flags to the spectators, providing refreshments and the school bus to transport many residents and students back to Center School at the conclusion of the parade.

I also want to extend my gratitude to the many residents who attended the parade, even though some of them may have been discouraged by the threat of the early-morning thunderstorms.

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

Andrew C. Ocif,

Adjutant

Hall_Jennings

American Legion Post 153

Kent