Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, 2016. Memorial Day is what we think of as the beginning of Summer but it is really much more than that. If you have ever had someone in your family be a part of the military or you have served, you know that being in the military comes with a price. Those in the military risk their lives and give up their own freedoms to make sure our country remains safe. We often take it for granted but if we didn’t have the military our lives would be a lot different.
On Memorial Day we take just a little bit of time from our day to stop and give thanks and pause to remember those in the military who serve now or have served in the past. We also honor those who have died for our country’s freedoms.
Or as reader Bill says, “Memorial Day is the day we remember those fallen who did not come home.”
Memorial Day Parades usually include a Grand Marshall, floats, bands, Veterans, families watching and participating in the parade, laying of the wreath ceremonies, and barbeques afterwards. Some towns even give awards for the best floats.
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2016 Connecticut Memorial Day Events
Sunday, May 22, 2016
A Memorial Service and wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Town Hall Monuments on Route 32 at 12:00 Noon (1200 hours) with the 2-mile parade to proceed directly afterward. The Parade will get underway at 1:00 PM (1300 hours) at the intersection of State Highway Route 32 and Raymond Hill Road and proceed to St. Patrick’s Cemetery. A map of the parade route, showing the location of the Town Hall monuments, the cemetery, the parade formation areas, and the American Legion Post Home will be mailed with the parade orders.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 27 through May 29, 2016
Featuring the Trans Am Series & the Sunday Royals Car Show
Saturday, May 28, 2016
The annual Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10:30 sharp on Saturday, May 28. The starting point will be just North of East Robbins Ave on Main St. and proceed north on Main St. turning west on Garfield St. and dispersing in Mill Pond Park. There will be seven marching bands, numerous youth groups, The Sphinx motorized units, Military, Fire, and Police units and Local, State, and Federal Officials.
The Memorial Day Committee is pleased to announce its plans for the annual Memorial Day Parade and Services. The parade will be held this year on Saturday, May 28, 2016, and will kick off at 9 a.m. If you or an organization you are a member of would like to participate in this year’s parade contact us today.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Location: Ft. Trumbull Concert
Tribute to Memorial Day – Honoring the Troops of the Centuries
Begin and end your summer with the Coast Guard Band at Fort Trumbull State Park! These concerts are a partnership between Fort Trumbull State Park, The Friends of Fort Trumbull State Park, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs and/or blankets. Rain date is May 30.
The Annual Ansonia Memorial Day Parade will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. The parade starts at Nolan Field and proceeds along Wakelee Avenue, down Jackson Street, passing in review at City Hall and proceeding to Big Y Shopping Plaza on Main Street. Enter a float, decorate your bike and ride in the parade. Groups and pets are welcome too.
12.30 pm – Parade Muster
1 pm – Wreath Laying
1.15 pm – Parade Start
The parade will form up at the Ledyard Center School / Fair Grounds anytime after 12. When started it turn left onto Route 117 and proceed past the Reviewing Stand and the Memorial Gardens, turning left onto Colonel Ledyard Highway. The Parade will then proceed to and turn left onto Gallup Hill Road, ending in the High School Parking lot.
If you are available to march in the parade scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2016 please contact Vida Stone in the Office of the Town Clerk. We would like for you to wear your uniforms and step out into the crowds and shake hands with the men, women and especially the children while we make our way to the green for a ceremony.
Town of Orange Memorial Day Parade will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2016. Memorial services begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Gazebo and the parade steps off after conclusion of the services (probably around 11:30-12:00).
Start Time: 12:00 noon
Honor our veterans at the annual parade featuring Roton and McMahon marching bands, Scouts and Little Leaguers, volunteer fire fighters and more as they make their way from the Library to McKinley to Rowayton Ave to the Cannon. There, be a part of our ceremony to honor and remember those who have died in service to our country.
Afterwards, stroll to Pinkney Park for the famous Rowayton Methodist Church’s shortcake and sandwiches, view the Rowayton Arts Center Annual Art Show, the exhibits at Pinkney House and head to the Fire House for a grilled dog and soda.
Start Time: 11:00 am
Location: French Memorial Park, 73 Spruce Street, Seymour, CT 06483 to Community Center, 20 Pine Street, Seymour, CT 06483
Monday, May 30, 2016
Once again this year, under the guidance of the Berlin Veterans’ Commission, the people of the Town of Berlin will observe Memorial Day with a parade on Monday, May 30, 2016.
Parade participants will assemble in Saint Paul’s parking lot, Peck Street, Kensington, at 8:15 a.m. The parade will step off at 9:00 a.m. The parade route will go down Farmington Avenue, turning left onto Masserio Drive, passing the Berlin Veterans’ of Foreign Wars Post 10732, then turn left onto Veterans’ Way, and end at the Berlin Veterans’ Memorial Park.
In the event of rain, the Memorial Day Program will be held at the Berlin American Legion Post 68 on Porters Pass at 9:00 a.m.
Questions should be directed to the Veterans Commission Chair, Charles Colaresi at 860-224-9494.
Please join us along the parade route from Kennedy Park to Rogers Park starting at 9:30 am. Following the parade, Parachutists will descend into the Baseball field just past the review stand, then a Ceremonial Service will be held at the Rose Memorial Garden to honor our deceased veterans.
Crystal Lake: At approximately 9:00 am a parade will begin from the Crystal Lake section of Town, where Green Street intersects with Route 140, and end at the Crystal Lake Cemetery where a brief service will be held.
Ellington Center: Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the High School. At the conclusion of the program (approximately 11:30 a.m.) a parade will begin from the High School and proceed to the Ellington Green and then to the Ellington Cemetery for brief memorial tributes at each location.
Memorial Day offers an opportunity to reflect on our freedoms and honor those that have given their lives in defending those freedoms. In recognition of these fallen heroes, the Essex Memorial Day Parade will provide a reverent celebration winding through the streets of Essex. The parade will commence on Memorial Day, May 30, at 9 am. All veterans are welcome; wear your uniform of choice or collared shirt/ slacks and join your fellow warriors. Assemble at the Foot of Main Street in downtown Essex at 8:45 am.
The annual East Lyme Memorial Day Parade provides an opportunity for patriotic Americans to come together and honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. The parade will be held on Monday, May 30 beginning at 2:00 p.m., will begin near St. John’s Green (across from the Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT.), and will proceed down Niantic’s Main St. ending at the East Lyme Town Hall. The parade celebrates all those who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and will reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation
The Memorial Day parade will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. rain or shine. This year’s Memorial Day Parade will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the First Gulf War. The line of march will run East from South Pine Creek Road along the Post Road to the Library, then South along Old Post Road to Flint’s Corner, and then East along Old Post Road passing the Town Green and continuing beyond South Benson Road.
This Memorial Day weekend, the Mystic Aquarium honors our nation’s heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice by thanking those who continue to give. United States military veterans and active-duty members who visit Mystic Aquarium Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 will receive free general admission when a valid U.S. military ID, Veteran’s Administration Card or form DD214 is presented at time of purchase. Spend your liberty weekend exploring several underwater worlds featuring marine life from around the globe. See piranhas from South America, lionfish native to the Western Atlantic, a colony of the endangered African penguin and even beluga whales at our Arctic Coast exhibit. You can stand at-ease knowing our mission is to serve you this Memorial Day weekend.
Monday, May 30, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Join us as we pay tribute to fallen Civil War soldiers during this annual ceremony on Memorial Day. The day begins with a service comprised of remarks and hymns in the Greenmanville Church. Following the service, visitors can join in a procession to Chubb’s Wharf for the playing of “Taps” and a wreath-laying ceremony upon the Mystic River. The day concludes with a gathering in the Seamen’s Friend Society Reading Room where visitors can meet the Museum’s roleplayers whose characters were impacted by the Civil War.
See schedule at newbritainct.gov
The Town of Old Saybrook has announced that it will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, 2016. There will be two ceremonies: A waterside, full naval ritual with a rifle salute at 9 a.m. followed by a parade at 10 a.m. to the Veterans Memorial Monuments. The day’s events will begin with a Dockside Naval Ceremony. Assembly will be at 8:45 a.m. for all participating units at the Saybrook Point Pavilion parking lot, located at the end of College Street,~with a Wreath Laying Ceremony on the Connecticut River at 9:00 a.m.
The Parade assembly will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Stop & Shop parking lot. The Parade steps off promptly at 10:00 a.m. from Elm Street. The Parade will go straight across Route 1 to Main Street to the Veterans Memorial Monuments on the Town Green, where a Memorial Program will be conducted.~Because of safety concerns, those marching or riding in the Memorial Day~Parade are reminded to not throw candies or novelties to anyone on either side of the parade route.
Monday, May 30, 2016. Parade at 11:00am and Picnic at 12:00pm
Southbury Parks & Recreation: 203-262-0633
Watch the town’s Memorial Day Parade! The parade begins at 11:00 at the Pomperaug Office Park and continues down Main Street South to the Memorial Green for services honoring those who served our country. Join us afterwards at 12:00 pm at Ballantine Park for the Family Day Picnic. Food and drinks are sold by the Boy Scouts or bring your own. There will be music and fun for the kids.
Vietnam Memorial Service: 7:30 am –Vietnam Veterans Memorial Site
Memorial Day Service: 8:30 am – Town Hall
Memorial Day Parade: 10:00 am
Assembly of parade units will take place at 9:30 AM in designated areas west of Woodrow Street on Farmington Avenue.
The West Hartford Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM. West Hartford takes great pride in hosting its annual Memorial Day Parade. It follows a tradition established by returning West Hartford veterans from World War I in the 1920s. The West Hartford Veterans Commission welcomes all veterans, with a group or alone, to join us in the parade. Veterans are invited to Ride the Trolley in the parade.
Residents who live in the vicinity of the route and staging area of the Memorial Day parade should take note that police traffic officers will post “no parking” signs on the following roads in the hours before the procession steps off at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30: Campbell Avenue from Captain Thomas Boulevard to Center Street, Savin Avenue between Center and Main streets, Main Street between Savin and Campbell avenues, Center Street between Campbell and Savin avenues, and Captain Thomas Boulevard between Washington Avenue and Altschuler Boulevard.
Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School and travels up Riverside Avenue, over the Post Road and on to Town Hall. There will be coffee and doughnuts available at the starting point of the parade from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. which will be provided by the Westport Kiwanis Club.
On May 30th a ceremony will be held at the Elm Grove Cemetery located in Poquonock beginning at 8:00 AM followed by a ceremony at Veteran’s Cemetery at 9:00 AM. Following the ceremony at VeteransCemetery, the Memorial Day Parade will proceed to WindsorTown Hall via Poquonock Avenue for the Parade Marshal’s address. The parade usually arrives in the center of town between 9:45 AM and 10:00 AM. The 10:00 ceremony at town hall will include a special flag ceremony performed by members of Boy Scout Troop 149.
List of Connecticut Towns & Cities
If the 2016 Memorial Day parade information for your town isn’t listed above, visit their website to see if they are given updated information.