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Monday, May 31, 2010

Westport’s Memorial Day Parade—The Compact Version

2010 Memorial Day Parade in under 2 minutes! from Nick Pisarro, Jr. on Vimeo.


Westport’s longest ever Memorial Day parade was compacted to two minutes by Westporter Nick Pisarro Jr.  Nick Pisarro Jr. for WestportNow.com

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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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Parade Watcher

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Many dogs watched today’s Westport Memorial Day parade along the line of march, including this pup. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Perfect Parade Weather

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It was a perfect weather day for today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. The Westport police and EMS contingent are shown on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Reviewing Stand

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff was on the reviewing stand today along with Grand Marshals George Marks Jr. and George Marks Sr. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Memorial Day 2010 Photos by Dave Matlow


A collection of 2010 Memorial Day photos by Dave Matlow.

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Memorial Day 2010 Photos by Helen Klisser During


A collection of 2010 Memorial Day pictures from Helen Klisser During

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Memorial Day 2010 Photos by Larry Untermeyer


A collection of 2010 Memorial Day pictures by Larry Untermeyer.

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Memorial Day 2010 Photos by Lynn U. Miller


A collection of 2010 Memorial Day pictures by Lynn U. Miller.

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Memorial Day 2010 Photos by Phyllis Groner


A collection of 2010 Memorial Day photos by Phyllis Groner.

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Memorial Day 2010 Photos by David Dreyfuss


A collection of 2010 Memorial Day photos by David Dreyfuss

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Puppy Love in Red, White and Blue

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Isabelle Blend, 4 1/2, of Westport snuggles up to a boxer puppy eight weeks old during today’s Memorial Day parade. The puppy, yet unnamed, belongs to a friend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michele Blend for WestportNow.com

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Hearing from a Veteran

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Keynote speaker at today’s annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Westport Fire Headquarters was Westporter J. Lynn Helms, retired U.S. Marine Corps officer, former president of Piper Aircraft Corp., and former Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration as an appointee of President Ronald Reagan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Memorial Day Parade Order of March

The order of march for Westport’s Memorial Day parade on Monday. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Riverside Avenue in front of Saugatuck Elementary School.

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HONOR DIVISION

1. Port Chester American Legion Band
2. Westport Police Department
3. Westport Volunteer EMS
4. Westport Community Emergency Response Team
5. Grand Marshal - George Marks, Sr., George Marks, Jr.
6. Aides to Grand Marshal - World War II Veterans
7. World War II Jeep- Jeff Susa
8. Bill O’Brien - James Myer

1st DIVISION

9. Dignitaries - RTM Members
10. Westport Community Band
11. Connecticut Veterans Honor Guard
12. August Matthias Post 63 - American Legion Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 - Veterans of Foreign Wars
13. VFW Auxiliary
14. VFW Auxiliary Float

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Monday, May 31, 2010 - Memorial Day


Westport Town Hall, Public Library, and Public Schools are closed in observance of Memorial Day
9 a.m. - Riverside Avenue to Veterans Green - Memorial Day Parade
1 p.m. - Westport Historical society - Open House, showing of “Longshore at 50” video

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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