Politicians were among the marchers in today’s Memorial Day parade, including (l-r) First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Selectman Shelly Kassen, Selectman Robert Lasprogato, and state Rep. Joe Mioli. See more Memorial Day photos by Phyllis Groner by clicking here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, December 08, 2023
Howard Munce, grand mashal of today’s Westport Memorial Day parade, paid tribute to the statue of the World War I doughboy during his remarks on Veterans Green. He said he was glad it eventually ended up here after years ago being on a median on Post Road East and tipped his hat toward it in salute. See a video of Sarah Morris singing the national anthem by clicking here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley addressed today’s morning Memorial Day ceremony at Westport fire headquarters. He said the department is stronger and citizens safer as a result of additional firefighters added to the ranks over the past two years. He thanked town leaders and elected representatives for approving the additional manpower. Behind him are (l-r) state Rep. Joe Mioli, Selectman Robert Lasprogato, and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Public Library, Schools, and Town Hall are closed in observance of Memorial Day
7 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Christ & Holy Trinity Church – Westport Kiwanis Annual Memorial Day Family Pancake Breakfast
8 a.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Memorial Day ceremony
9 a.m. – Saugatuck Elementary School – Memorial Day Parade kickoff (Riverside Avenue to Veterans Green)
Westport’s annual Memorial Day parade kicks off today shortly after 9 a.m. with hundreds expected to participate.
The line of march runs from Riverside Avenue in front of Saugatuck Elementary School, across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, up Post Road East to Myrtle Avenue, and then along Myrtle to Veterans Green.
World War II veteran and noted artist Howard Munce is grand marshal for the parade. There will be a reviewing stand in front of Town Hall, and ceremonies will take place across the street on Veterans Green following the parade.
Before the parade, there will be a Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane. At 8 a.m., there will be a Westport Fire Department ceremony at its headquarters, 515 Post Road East.