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.
‘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.
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.
A Wreath of Honor
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.
Westport Marks Another Memorial Day
Scenes from today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. WestportNow.com photos
On the March
More scenes from today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. Lynn U. Miller and Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A Thank You Across Generations
Thanks from the Grand Marshal
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
Remembering Those Who Served
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
A Flag Gift
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
Double Flag Tribute
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
Westport Police on Parade
Striking Up the Staples Band
Dignitaries on the March