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Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

‘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.

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Westport Marks Another Memorial Day


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

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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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A Westport Police motorcycle officer 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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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 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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Having Fun at Block Party

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Several hundred residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area off of Compo Road North today attended the annual Memorial Day block party. Food, music, and games entertained young and older. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Becca’s Beat

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Becca Webster, 14, an eighth grader at Bedford Middle School, was among musicians in the Becca, Bobby and Friends Band entertaining at today’s annual block party for residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area. Becca, who has been taking drumming lessons since the age of 9, was recently first runner-up in the under 18 category of the annual Hit Like a Girl global drumming contest for female percussionists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Street Singers

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The Colgate 13, Colgate University graduates who performed in the school’s a capella group and live in the Westport area, were among entertainers at today’s annual Memorial Day block party for residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Neighborhood Party


Scenes from today’s Memorial Day weekend annual block party for residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area.  WestportNow.com photos

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New Eagle Scouts

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A large crowd today attended a Troop 39 Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at Green’s Farms Congregational Church where four scouts were inducted into the Eagle rank. They are (l-r)  Aidan Clarke, Patrick Lindwall, David Wisdom and Brendan Wisniewski. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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