Towns to make Memorial Day with parades
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 28 and in Gaylordsville, Bridgewater, Kent, New Milford, Roxbury, New Preston and Washington for May 29.
Sunday, May 28
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.
Monday, May 29
In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at the VFW hall on Avery Road at 10 a.m.
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 WWII veterans Robert Bauer and John Osborne Jr.; 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. Roger White 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, a clergy member will offer a prayer, a 21-gun salute will take place and “Taps” will be offered; a 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 for a prayer, a 21-gun salute and “Taps.”
Bus transportation will be provided back to Kent Center School.