Memorial Day weekend is at hand
Nine commemorative ceremonies and parades are scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend in the Greater New Milford area.
Local organizers have planned parades in Sherman and Warren for Sunday May 26 and in Gaylordsville, Bridgewater, Kent, New Milford, Roxbury, New Preston and Washington for Monday, May 27 (see "Special Events" in Calendar, Page S20).
Sunday, May 26
Warren's parade will kick off at noon in front of the community center on Sackett Hill Road.
The parade will continue to the Green for a service, proceed to the cemetery, then head back to the community center.
The parade in Sherman is scheduled for 1 p.m., starting at the corner of Spring Lake Road and Route 39 North, traveling through the center of town and ending at Veterans Field.
As there is no parking available at the gathering point, residents may park at Colonial Park and Sherman School. Seniors and handicapped residents may park at Veterans Field.
Monday, May 27
The first parade will be held in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford beginning at 8 a.m.
The parade will start from firemen's field on Route 7 and head to the memorial rock, across the bridge from Route 7's intersection with Route 55.
New Milford plans to kick off its parade at 10 a.m. in front of New Milford Public Library on the Village Green.
Participants should gather at 9:30 a.m.
In case of rain, a ceremony would be held at the VFW hall on Avery Road.
The parade will commence in front of the library, proceed south on Main Street to Bridge Street, head west on Bridge Street, turn right onto Railroad Street, turn right up Bennitt Street, and turn right onto Main Street, finishing at the war memorial at the south end of the Village Green.
Honor wreaths, flags and a gold star will be placed at the memorial.
Veterans and spectators will then march to Veterans Memorial Bridge to honor Navy and Merchant Marine veterans. A honor wreath will be tossed in the river.
Bridgewater's parade will begin at 8:20 a.m. at the firehouse.
It will continue along Route 133 and conclude at the Town Green.
Marchers are asked to line up at 8:10 a.m. at the firehouse.
The Kent Memorial parade will organize at the Kent Center School on Judd Avenue at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. start.
In the event of rain, there would be no parade but ceremonies would be held at the school.
Participating parade organizations will include the American Legion Color Guard, veterans, elder residents and disabled veterans aboard military jeeps and convertibles, the Kent Center School band led by director David Poirer, Kent Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Kent Girl Scouts and Brownies, the fire department and children aboard a tractor-drawn wagon supplied by William McCann.
The parade will start at the school and turn right onto Route 341, entering St. Andrew's Cemetery through the west gate, where the Rev. Roger White of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will offer a prayer, followed by a release of white doves 21-gun salute and "Taps."
After leaving the cemetery, the parade will turn left onto Route 341, heading east across Route 7 and stopping in front of veterans' memorial on Veterans Way.
Only the color guard and veterans will continue to the veterans memorial, where World War II veteran Robert Bauer will place a wreath at the monument and the Rev. Thomas Berberich of Sacred Heart Church will offer a prayer. A 21-gun salute and "Taps" will follow.
The color guard and veterans will meet up with the rest of the parade at the Civil War monument on Route 7, where Charlotte Lindsey of the Kent Veterans Committee will place a wreath at the monument, the "Gettysburg Address" will be read by a Kent Center School student, a prayer will be offered by the Rev. David McIntosh and a 21-gun salute and "Taps" will take place.
From there, the parade will continue north, stopping at the library.
At the library, Korean War veteran Jerry White will place a wreath, the names of the deceased Kent veterans who died of injuries received in combat will be read by First Selectman Bruce Adams, "America the Beautiful" will be sung by Bethany Keck, the Kent Center School band will perform, the Rev. Melinda Keck will offer a prayer, and a 21-gun salute and echo will be held.
The parade will continue north on Route 7, concluding at the Kent Congregational Church Cemetery, where Keck will offer a prayer.
A 21-gun salute and "Taps" will take place at the end of each portion of the parade.
The Lions Club will provide bus transportation to residents who need a ride back to the firehouse.
In Roxbury, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Roxbury Congregational Church, located at 24 Church St. It will proceed to the Town Green, where a ceremony will take place.
The parade will then continue along Route 67, stopping at the cemetery next to the town hall.
New Preston's Memorial Day activities will begin with a parade at 1:30 p.m. in New Preston village.
The color guard and rifle squad are asked to meet at noon at Washington Green Cemetery.
Other marchers are asked to meet at New Preston Congregational Church at 1:15 p.m.
The parade in Washington will form at Washington Primary School at 2:15 p.m.
It will begin at 2:30 p.m., stop at the Washington Depot bridge, then proceed to Bryan Memorial Town Hall.
Michael Condon Jr. will present the Major Stephen Reich Award for Exceptional Citizenship.
Col. Christopher Vanek will be the guest speaker.
The Rev. Max Myers of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Marble Dale will offer a prayer.
All former members of the armed service are invited to attend.
The American Legion will sell chicken-in-a-box dinners at the Legion Hall from noon to 5 p.m.
In case of rain, the parade would be canceled, but services would be held at the town's cemeteries and at the Memorial Stones in Washington Depot, and the chicken dinner will be served.