Towns pay homage on Memorial Day
Commemorative ceremonies and parades are scheduled throughout Greater New Milford over the Memorial Day weekend.
Local organizers have planned ceremonies and parades in Sherman and Warren for May 25, and in New Milford, the Gaylordsville district of town, Bridgewater, Kent, Roxbury, New Preston and Washington for May 26 (see "Special Events" in Calendar, Page S9).
Sunday, May 25
Warren's parade will kick off at 11:30 a.m, rather than the traditional noon start, 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 26
The day's 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 along 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 on 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 walk to Veterans Memorial Bridge to honor Navy and Merchant Marine veterans. An honor wreath will be tossed into the Housatonic River.
Bridgewater's parade will begin at 8:20 a.m. at the firehouse.
It will continue along Main Street (Route 133) and conclude at the 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 Honor 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 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 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.
Paul Hume will serve as emcee.
Michael Condon Jr. will present the Major Stephen Reich Award for Exceptional Citizenship.
The American Legion will sell chicken-in-a-box dinners for $10 each at the Gage-Zumpf 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 the chicken dinner will be served.