Memorial Day parades, ceremonies planned
Nine commemorative ceremonies and parades are scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend in Greater New Milford.
Local organizers have planned parades in Sherman and Warren for May 29 and in Gaylordsville, Bridgewater, Kent, New Milford, Roxbury, New Preston and Washington for May 30.
Warren's parade will kick off at 11:30 a.m. in front of the community center on Sackett Hill Road.
The parade in Sherman is scheduled for 1 p.m., starting at the intersection of Spring Lake Road and Route 39 North, traveling through the center of Sherman and ending at Veterans Field.
The first parade of the day will be held in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford beginning at 8 a.m.
New Milford plans to kick off its parade at 10 a.m. in front of New Milford Public Library on the Village Green.
Bridgewater's parade will begin at 8:20 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 case of rain, the parade will be canceled. A ceremony will be held at the entrance of the school.
Parade participants and vehicles will include the American Legion Honor Guard; veterans, including World War II veterans Robert Bauer and John Osborne Jr. and Korean War veteran Jerry White; a 1928 International service truck, owned initially by E.W. Bull & Son in Kent and restored by Lou and Steve Tencza; Kent Center School Band Director David Poirier and the KCS band; Kent Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies; the Kent Volunteer Fire Department; and a tractor-drawn wagon supplied by William McCann.
The parade will start on School Street and will turn right onto Route 341 and enter St. Andrew’s Cemetery through the West Gate, where the Rev. David McIntosh will offer a prayer and a 21 gun salute will be held; turn left on Route 341; head east across Route 7 and stop in front of the Veteran’s Memorial on Veterans Way (only the Honor Guard and veterans will continue to the Veterans Memorial), where World War II Veteran Robert Bauer will place a wreath at the monument, the Rev. Gerald Masters of Sacred Heart church will offer a prayer and a 21 gun salute and “Taps” will follow; stop at the Civil War Monument (Honor Guard and veterans will catch up), where Charlotte Lindsey of the Kent Veterans Committee will place a wreath, the Gettysburg Address will be recited by a Kent Center School student, the Rev. Roger White will offer a prayer and a 21 gun salute and “Taps” will be offered; continue north on Route 7 and stop in front of the library, where World War II veteran John Osborne Jr. will place a wreath at the monument, the names of deceased Kent Veterans from all the wars 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 KCS band will perform, the Rev. Melinda Keck will offer a prayer and a 21 gun salute and “Taps” will be offered; continue north and stop at the First Congregational Church of Kent Cemetery, where a prayer, a 21 gun salute and “Taps” will be offered.
The Kent Lions Club will also provide a bus that will return anyone needing a ride back to Kent Center School.
In Roxbury, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Roxbury Congregational Church, located at 24 Church St.
New Preston's Memorial Day activities will begin with a parade at 1:30 p.m. in New Preston village.
The parade in Washington will form at Washington Primary School at 2:15 p.m.