Towns prep for Memorial Day ceremonies, parades
Nine parades and ceremonies are scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in the Greater New Milford area.
Organizers have planned parades Sunday, May 30 in Sherman and Warren and Monday in Gaylordsville, New Milford, Bridgewater, Kent, Roxbury, New Preston and Washington (see "Special Events" in Calendar, Page S8).
Sunday, May 30
-Warren's parade will kick off at noon in front of the town hall on Sackett Hill Road.
The parade will continue to the Green for a service, proceed to the cemetery, then head back to the town hall.
-The parade in Sherman is scheduled for 1 p.m., running from Judd's Corner south on Route 39 to the town center, ending at Veterans Field.
As there is no parking available at the gathering point, residents may park at Sherman School.
Seniors and handicapped residents may park at Veterans Field.
Monday, May 31
-The first parade will be held in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford beginning at 8 a.m.
The parade will start at Firemen's Field on Route 7 and head to the memorial rock at the bridge, just across the Housatonic River 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 Main Street.
Participants should gather at 9:30 a.m.
In case of rain, a ceremony would be held at the VFW Hall on Avery Road at 10 a.m.
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 on the memorial at the conclusion of the parade.
Veterans and spectators will then march 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 and continue along Route 133 to finish at the Village Green.
Marchers are asked to line up at 8:10 a.m. at the firehouse.
-The Memorial Day parade in Kent will form at 9 a.m. and step off at 9:30 a.m. at Kent Center School on Judd Avenue.
In the event of rain, there would be no parade but ceremonies would be held at the Swift House.
Weather permitting, two F15s from the Massachusetts Air National Guard will fly over.
The parade will begin at the school, turn right onto Route 341 and enter St. Andrew's Cemetery through the west gate, leave the cemetery through the east gate, then turning left onto Route 341, stopping at the Civil War monument for the reading of excerpts from the Gettysburg Address.
The color guard and veterans only, however, will continue to Veterans Memorial for the placement of a wreath, music and a presentation to State Rep. Mary Ann Carson (R-108th).
After the Veterans Memorial ceremony, the color guard and veterans will meet with the rest of the parade and continue north on Route 7, stopping at Kent Memorial Library for the placement of a wreath and the reading of the names of deceased Kent veterans, continue north on Main Street and conclude at the Kent Congregational Church cemetery.
The Lions Club will also provide a bus for parade-goers who need a ride back to their vehicles at the school.
-In Roxbury, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Congregational Church at 24 Church St.
It will proceed to the Green, where a ceremony will take place, and continue along Route 67, stopping at the cemetery next to the town hall.
-New Preston's 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 the Washington Green cemetery.
Other marchers are asked to meet at 1:15 p.m. at New Preston Congregational Church on Church Street.
-The parade in Washington will form at Washington Primary School at 2:15 p.m. and begin at 2:30 p.m., stopping at the Washington Depot bridge, then proceeding to Bryan Memorial Town Hall, where Paul Hume will serve as master of ceremonies and Kathy Shemeley, the president of the Connecticut Forget-Me-Nots, POW-MIA, will be the speaker.
Michael Condon Jr. will present the Major Stephen Reich Award for Exceptional Citizenship.
All former members of the armed service are invited to attend.
The American Legion will sell chicken-in-a-box dinners at 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 memorial stones in Washington Depot and the chicken dinner would be served.