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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Parade Canceled, Ceremonies Moved Inside

UPDATE A thunderstorm forced cancellation today of Westport’s Memorial Day parade for the first time since 2003. Instead, a ceremony was held in the Town Hall auditorium that was packed with visitors who were treated to a mini parade complete with speeches, a band, and marching fife and drum corps. Image

“We had to make the call by 8 a.m. and we always err on the side of caution and safety,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff who was at an 8 a.m. annual Westport Fire Department Memorial Day observance at fire headquarters.

A short time before, a lightning strike took out a tree on Imperial Avenue.

Inside Town Hall, it was standing room only as the the Staples High School band played and drummers marched up and down the aisles before and after speeches by Joseloff and Grand Marshal Tracy Sugarman.

A World War II veteran, Sugarman landed on D-Day on June 6, 1944. The Fire Department ceremony honored four Westport firefighters who died in the line of duty. Among those who addressed the event were two Westport firefighters recently returned from active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Posted 05/30/11 at 05:26 AM  Permalink


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Without knowing (but still wondering) why the parade had to be called by 8:00am, I’d like to now why it couldn’t have been postponed 45 minutes to an hour instead of 86’d entirely.

Parade was scheduled to start at 9:00, by 9:45-10:00 the rain had stopped completely and by a little after 10:00 the sun was out.

The weather forecast was pretty clear about that exact scenario.


Posted by Nick Blaikie on May 30, 2011 at 03:43 PM | #

Amen Nick. Would like to hear the official reason why it couldn’t be postponed by a couple of hours?

Posted by Joe Witz on May 30, 2011 at 04:22 PM | #