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Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Westport’s Memorial Day Parade: The Short Version

Just as he has for the past couple of years, Westporter Nick Picarro Jr. created a short video version of today’s Memorial Day parade that runs for a minute. Video by Nick Pisarro Jr.

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‘Here To Honor Those Who Didn’t Come Back’

By James Lomuscio

Amid cheers, applause, flag waving, floats and nostalgic smells of classic car exhaust, Westporter Robin Custer remained firm of the meaning of Memorial Day as the parade wound down near Veterans Green today.

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Grand Marshal Bruce Allen appears overcome with emotion as he listens to Memorial Day speeches today with wife Marjorie. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

“It’s about remembering all those we served with that didn’t come home,” said Custer, dressed in the Army sergeant’s uniform he wore in Vietnam through 1968.

“The Boy Scouts put all these flags on the cemetery the other day, and I said to them, ‘Everyone who wears a uniform serves under that flag, but you’ll never see a flag on a uniform,’” he added. “The only time is when they put it on your casket.”

Westporter Robert Tirreno, a Vietnam War Army medic from 1967-68, also took a somber, less than celebratory view of the day’s ceremonies.

More "‘Here To Honor Those Who Didn’t Come Back’"

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A Wreath of Honor

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A wreath was placed at the doughboy statue on Westport’s Veterans Green today at the conclusion of the Memorial Day ceremony.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Memorial Day Parade Float Winners Announced

Winners of the best floats in today’s Memorial Day parade were announced during the post-parade ceremony on Veterans Green. The theme of this year’s parade was “Thank You, Veterans.” The winners:

Best Development of a Theme: Westport PAL
Best Youth Organization Float: Suzuki Music School of Westport
Most Creative Float: VFW Auxiliary
Best Community Organization Float:  Westport Library
Most Colorful Float: Hidden Tours, Westport Historical Society
Best Overall Float: Y’s Men of Westport/Weston  
Special Pep Award: Sea Stars (Westport Little League)
 
Judges were Betty Lou Cummings, Diana Heisinger, Ruth Whelan, and Nanette Hausman.

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Westport Marks Another Memorial Day


Scenes from today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. WestportNow.com photos

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On the March


More scenes from today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. Lynn U. Miller and Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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A Thank You Across Generations

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A Westport Little Leaguer shakes hands with Westport World War II veteran Larry Aasen and offers thanks at today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Thanks from the Grand Marshal

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Bruce Allen, grand marshal of this year’s Westport Memorial Day parade, recalled today his experiences as a 19-year-old in World War II, thanked those who served, and expressed the hope that young people will not die in future wars. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Remembering Those Who Served

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today paid tribute to Westport veterans who have died since the last Memorial Day as well as Westporters who served their town in his Memorial Day address on Veterans Green.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Flag Gift

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Westport Police motorcycle officer Craig Bergamo, leading today’s Memorial Day parade, stops to gift an American flag to a youngster along the route. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Double Flag Tribute

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Kristin and Alexa Heine, 4, of Westport, show the flag at today’s Memorial Day parade. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Lemonade Break

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Cameden Teed, 12, a seventh grader at Bedford Middle School, offers up lemonade to thirsty passersby on Myrtle Avenue during today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Westport Police on Parade

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The Westport Police Department’s top brass lead members in today’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Striking Up the Staples Band

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The Staples High School Band drew warm applause from spectators at Westport’s Memorial Day parade today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Dignitaries on the March

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Westport town officials and state legislators were among dignitaries marching in today’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Thumbs Up From a Former Grand Marshal

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Bob Satter, grand marshal of the 2014 Memorial Day parade, gives a thumbs up today to spectators in this year’s parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Crossing the Bridge

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Westport Fire Department and Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT) members cross the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today in Westport’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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A Wave From the Grand Marshal

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Bruce Allen, grand marshal of this year’s Westport Memorial Day parade, waves to crowds along the parade route. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Memorial Day Parade Off to Sunny Start

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The annual Westport Memorial Day parade got underway today under sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Paying Tribute to Firefighters

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe addresses Westport firefighters and guests today at the Westport Fire Department annual Memorial Day ceremony at Fire Headquarters prior to the Memorial Day parade.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fire Department Honors Those Who Served

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Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury (r) today honored active department personnel who have served in the military. They were singled out during the department’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at Fire Headquarters prior to the Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fire Department Memorial Day Ceremony


Scenes from today’s Westport Fire Department annual Memorial Day ceremony at Westport Fire Headquarters before the Memorial Day parade. WestportNow.com photos

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Monday, May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day


Westport Town Hall and Westport Library are closed for Memorial Day
8 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - 515 Post Road East - Annual Memorial Day ceremony
9 a.m. - Riverside Avenue, Post Road West, East, Myrtle Avenue to Parker Harding Plaza - Memorial Day Parade

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Holiday Happenings at Compo Beach

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Westport’s South Beach at Compo Beach tonight was crowded with Memorial Day weekend guests enjoying cookouts, picnics, and games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Grilling Corn on the Cob

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Grilling corn on the cob was a popular dish today at Westport’s South Beach at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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