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, Kent Volunteer Fire Department, Kent Center School Band and its director, David Poirier, Joseph Tobin, Williston B. Case, Donald Gleason, Dick and Charlotte Lindsey, the Kent Library Association, Kent Garden Club, First Selectman Bruce Adams, 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, and Bethany Keck, who sang “America the Beautiful.”

Special thanks to American Legion member Kevin Sabia for putting up the flags on Main Street

I wish to commend and thank the Kent Lions Club for their continued support by handing out over five hundred flags to the spectators, and refreshments provided by Davis IGA that were given to the children and spectators at the end of the parade.

The American Legion supplied ice cream to the children.

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 even though there was always the threat of rain that luckily held off until the completion of the parade.

Andrew Ocif

Kent parade marshall