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Tragedy Narrowly Averted on Parade Route

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A truck delivering trees rolled down a driveway on Myrtle Avenue today and smashed through a wrought iron fence across the street around Christ and Holy Trinity Church as spectators were gathering to watch today’s Memorial Day parade. Westporters Eric and Diane Bosch said they and their family had made where the truck hit “their spot” for 28 years to watch the parade but moved moments before the accident because the sun was so strong. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Bosch for WestportNow.com

Close Call

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Eric and Diane Bosch took up residence today on the Myrtle Avenue spot where their family had watched the Westport Memorial Day parade for 28 years. A short time after this photo was taken, they decided to move a short distance away because the sun was so strong. Moments later a truck delivering trees rolled down a driveway across the street and smashed into the wrought iron fence where they had been sitting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Bosch for WestportNow.com

Historical Society Debuts Library Centennial Exhibit

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The Westport Historical Society today opened its latest exhibit which honors the 100th anniversary year of the Westport Public Library. The exhibit, “Remember-Celebrate-Imagine:The Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years,” runs through Sept. 1. At an opening reception the Society honored Maxine Bleiweis (3rd. l), library director, while the library thanked Mollie Donovan (1st l.) and Ellen Naftalin (2nd. l.) for their role in creating the exhibit. Also pictured are Denise Woods and Susan Gold, Society executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Portrait of a Westport Living Legend

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Howard Munce, 92, the Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, pauses to reflect on today’s Memorial Day events. He said he was greatly moved by the parade and ceremony at Veterans Green and several times became choked as he addressed the crowd recalling those who had lost their lives defending U.S. freedom. For more Memorial Day photos by Ted Horowitz click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) © Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

A Tip of the Hat from the Grand Marshal

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Howard Munce, grand marshal of today’s Westport Memorial Day parade, offers a tip of his hat as a band plays the U.S. Marine Corps Hymn in his honor. Munce, 92, was a U.S. Marine who fought in the Pacific in World War II. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (l) is at left and Munce’s wife, Geraldine, at right. See more Memorial Day photos by Dave Matlow by clicking here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Y’s Men’s Theme is Washington Crossing the Delaware

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The Memorial Day parade float of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston depicted Washington’s crossing of the Delaware on Dec. 25, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War, the first move in a surprise attack against the Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey in the Battle of Trenton. The group dedicated the float to Barry McCabe, a long-time member who died last November. For more Memorial Day photos by Larry Untermeyer click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com