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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 2013

Honoring the Ultimate Sacrifice

By James Lomuscio

From the reviewing stand in front of Westport Town Hall today, Grand Marshall Leonard Everett Fisher stared out at the seemingly endless parade of first responders, veterans, marching bands and floats, all moving proudly under a crisp, azure morning sky.

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Leonard Everett Fisher acknowledges the applause after his Memorial Day parade address today. Parade organizer Bill Vornkahl applauds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

The float most dear to Fisher was the Y’s Men’s, not just because he designed it, but for what it represented—a tribute to the more than 56,000 Americans who died in Vietnam.

“It’s a sad day for many many people,” said Fisher, a World War II Army veteran, as he headed to Veterans Green where he would give a speech. “Well, the sun is shining on us, and maybe that’s a good sign, a sign that the world will change, and that it will be better for us than it is.”

His sobering words seemed in stark contrast to the festivities of Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer though it was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Along for the Ride

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This pooch was along for the ride in a Westport Fire Department engine in today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Memorial Day Parade 2013 - Part I


Scenes from today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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‘Let Them Be Wary of the Anguish’

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Leonard Everett Fisher, grand marshal of this year’s Westport Memorial Day parade and a World War II veteran, said in his Veterans Green speech after the parade that he is deeplly concerned about continuing wars. “Young American lives were and are being terminated and violated by the agonies of war unimaginable,” he said. “There seems to be no end to it. And those of us who returned alive with indelible memories of what we lived through want not more of it for our sons, daughters, grandchildren and beyond. And to those whose responsibility it is to commit our young—our national treasure—to warfare, let them be wary of the anguish.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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All Strings National Anthem

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Students from Westport’s Suzuki School of Music play the National Anthem in today’s Westport Memorial Day parade.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tears for Vietnam Fallen

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A rider on the Y’s Men of Westport Weston’s Vietnam Memorial float in today’s parade wipes away tears for the fallen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Flipping on Bridge

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Gymnasts from the Westport Weston Family Y show their stuff on the Ruth Steinkaus Cohen Bridge during today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Large Impression

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Scouts carried a large flag and made a large impression in today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Showing Her Colors

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Stacie Curran of Westport shows her patriotic colors today as she watched the Memorial Day parade on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Roar of the Parade

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The roar of motorcycles and sirens was a bit much for this Westport Memorial Day parade watcher today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Last March

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Westport First Selectmen Gordon Joseloff and Shelly Kassen wave to the crowds today in their eighth and last Memorial Day parade while in office. They are not seeking re-election in November. With them are state Reps. Gail Lavielle and Jonathan Steinberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Adding a Partisan Note

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Republican selectmen candidates James Marpe and Avi Kaner were drumming up support in today’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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A View from the Bridge

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The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center was a favorite viewing spot for today’s Memorial day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Historical Ride

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Dorothy Curran (l) and Dianne Wildman of the Westport Historical Society ride their float in today’s Westport Memorial Day parade.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Salute from the Grand Marshal

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Leonard Everett Fisher, grand marshal of the 2013 Westport Memorial Day parade, offers a salute to the crowds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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In the Lead

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Police Chief Dale Call and Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas led the Westport Police Department contingent in today’s Memorial Day parade.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sunny Start to Parade

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The 2013 Westport Memorial Day parade got off to a sunny start in 60-degree weather today. The Westport Police Department led marchers across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. Parade organizer Bill Vornkhal said it was one of the biggest crowds watching the parade in his recent memory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Joseloff in Final Memorial Day Address to Firefighters

In his eighth and final Memorial Day address to the Westport Fire and Westport Volunteer Fire departments, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today praised the men and women for their service, giving Westport “the best 24/7 protection possible.”

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff thanks Westport firefighters in his last address at the department’s Memorial Day service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to you all,” Joseloff said. “I want to pay tribute for the hours you put in, the sacrifices you and your families make, and the efforts you put in.

“I can say I have never been more proud of the men and women of Westport’s emergency services,” he added. “As someone who trained with you and worked in the field with you, I know first hand what you go through.”

Noting that he will not run for a third term in November, Joseloff stressed, “I will be out there when I can doing my small part to continue to show my support for you in every way I can.”

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Great Day for a Parade

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After several days of rainy and cool weather, forecasters say today will be a great day for a Memorial Day parade in Westport with clear skies and a high of 68. The Westport Memorial Day parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from in front of Saugatuck Elementary School on Riverside Avenue. View is of flags flying on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, part of the parade route. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Service, Honor, Loss and Remembrance at Memorial Day

By James Lomuscio

For more than two hours under azure skies, today’s Westport Memorial Day parade seemed replete with the sounds of brass, sirens, horns and cheers from onlookers. WestportNow.com Image
Kim Keehan points out to Malcolm Watson her father’s name on the World War II Honor Roll. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

More than 64 units of veterans, police, fire, emergency services, town government, social service and school groups wound through downtown Westport as marchers trumpeted the unofficial start of summer. 

But despite the despite the festivities, flag waving and shouts of “Happy Memorial Day” from many of the almost 2, 000 in attendance, there was a sense of the bittersweet, a distinct seriousness as the parade passed Veterans Green.

There, the lone World War I Doughboy and the World War II Honor Roll reminded those who paused long enough of the day’s meaning—to honor those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice.

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A Grand Marshal Hug

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Memorial Day parade grand marshals George Marks Sr. (l) and George Marks Jr. embrace at the end of their remarks at today’s Veterans Green ceremony following the parade. It is the first time in the parade’s history that a father and son have served as grand marshals. George Sr., 90, is a Merchant Marine World War II vet, George Jr., 64, is a Vietnam vet. Both also served in the Westport Police Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Powerful Impact

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The Y’s Men float depicting World War I causalities made a powerful impact on those watching the Westport Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Crossing the Bridge

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Crowds on both sides of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today gave a warm welcome to World War II veterans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Joseloff: How Far Off Wars Touch Those at Home

By James Lomuscio

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First Selectman Gordon F.Joseloff: Wars touch Westport “intensely”. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
War touches everyone and every community when one looks at those who served and who are still serving.

That was the thrust of remarks made today by Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff as he spoke at the memorial service at Veterans Green following the parade that drew thousands to the downtown area.

Surrounded by Bill Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council and George Marks Sr. and George Marks Jr., the event’s co-Grand Marshals, Joseloff spoke of Westporters who have served and who continue to serve their country in times of war, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice.

“Once again we are gathered to pay tribute to those who fought for our country in many wars, too many wars,” Joseloff said after he thanked Vornkahl for running the event for the past 40 years.

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World War II Vets on Parade

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World War II vets had an honored place in today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Memorial Day View

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Special holiday glasses made for better viewing of Westport’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Water Break

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The heat forced many along Westport’s Memorial Day parade route to drink water frequently. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Chopper Float

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This year’s float entries in Westport’s Memorial Day parade included a helicopter.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

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Fire Department in Step

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The Westport Fire Department honor guard led the departments parade contingent today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dignitaries on the March

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Among dignitaries on the march in today’s Westport Memorial Day parade were (l-r) First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, state Senator Toni Boucher, state Representative Joe Mioli, and Selectman Shelly Kassen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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