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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.

Posted 06:21 PM
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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. Image
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

“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’"

Posted 01:22 PM
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A Wreath of Honor Image
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

Posted 01:02 PM
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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.

Posted 12:57 PM
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Westport Marks Another Memorial Day

Scenes from today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. photos

Posted 12:40 PM
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On the March

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

Posted 12:35 PM
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A Thank You Across Generations Image
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

Posted 12:10 PM
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Thanks from the Grand Marshal Image
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

Posted 11:45 AM
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Remembering Those Who Served Image
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) photo

Posted 11:28 AM
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A Flag Gift Image
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

Posted 11:10 AM
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Double Flag Tribute Image
Kristin and Alexa Heine, 4, of Westport, show the flag at today’s Memorial Day parade. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

Posted 10:50 AM
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Lemonade Break Image
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

Posted 10:20 AM
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Westport Police on Parade Image
The Westport Police Department’s top brass lead members in today’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Posted 10:18 AM
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Striking Up the Staples Band Image
The Staples High School Band drew warm applause from spectators at Westport’s Memorial Day parade today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Posted 10:16 AM
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Dignitaries on the March Image
Westport town officials and state legislators were among dignitaries marching in today’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Posted 10:14 AM
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