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A Day to Remember, Honor and Thank

By James Lomuscio

As Grand Marshal Bob Satter watched a seemingly endless stream of Memorial Day floats pass by the viewing stand in front of Westport Town Hall today, everything seemed pleasantly surreal.

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Bob Satter, grand marshal, addresses today’s Westport Memorial Day parade ceremony on Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

“Today is one of the greatest days I’ve ever experienced,” said the decorated World War II pilot, 90, who in 1944 flew 25 missions in Europe, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. “I’m lucky to be standing here. Our original squadron had 18 crews and 12 of them were lost.”

“When they called me and told me about being grand marshal, my knees buckled,” recalled Satter, a 60-year town resident who for 43 years operated a photography studio in the Greens Farms section of town.

He paused for a moment to think about the reality of war, a reality often eclipsed by tales of glory.

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