Memorial Day ceremonies and parade kick off May 25

Fairfield’s 2015 Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade kick off at 9 a.m. on May 25, at the corner of Post and South Pine Creek Roads.

Theme: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Marshals: Rolf Marx, VFW Post 9427 and Post 74; Alvin Overton, DAV, Ch.19, Joe Dondero, Post 143

Master of ceremonies: Honorable Daniel F. Caruso, Judge of Probate

Parade chairman: Joseph Bender, Commander VFW Post 9427

Grave decorating committee: Tim Kelly, Joseph Lebinski, Mike & Terri Mentes & Family, Robert Barnum, Fred Coseglia, Cub Scout Pack 92, St. Thomas

First call for assembly: 9 a.m.

2015 Memorial Day parade: 10 a.m.

Pledge of Allegiance: Frank Slovinsky

National Anthem: Erin Valade, Katherine Vitale, Jeff Dutter, Mike Waldron, Fairfield Ludlowe High School Band

Invocation: Rev. Peter Cipriani, Pastor, Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Address: Timothy J. Kelly, DAV National Executive Committee 4th District

America the Beautiful: Erin Valade, Katherine Vitale, Jeff Dutter, Mike Waldron, Fairfield Ludlowe High School Band

Benediction: Rev. Sam Kachuba, St. Pius X Church

Volley: American Legion Owen Fish Post 143

Taps: Fairfield Ludlowe High School Band

No rain date will be scheduled. Cancelation will be announced over radio station WICC and TV Channels 8 (WTNH) and cable 12 at 6:15 a.m.

2015 Parade Orders

The headquarters of the Marshals will be established at the corner of Post and South Pine Creek roads at 9 a.m. on May 25.

The parade will move out at 10 a.m. sharp.

Parade Route: The line of march will be East from South Pine Creek Road along Post Road to Library, thence South along Old Post Road to Flint’s Corner, and thence East along Old Post Road passing the Town Green and continuing beyond South Benson Road to disband. Division 1 will start from South Pine Creek Rd. and Divisions 2 on Beaumont St. and 3 will be split between Granville St. and Bungalow Avenue and will join in numerical order when directed by their Division Commander to do so.

Bands are not permitted to stop in front of the Reviewing Stand but are instructed to begin playing before approaching the Reviewing Stand. Bands are advised to begin playing at the driveway at St. Paul’s Old Town Hall. Bands may maneuver at any other place the parade may be stopped, if time allows but must move out when parade proceeds.

All units will continue beyond South Benson Road before disbanding.

The Division Commanders are in command of their units and all participants must follow their orders. All Division Commanders will see to it that the units under their command strictly adhere to the Parade Orders with respect to saluting the Reviewing Officers as they pass the Reviewing Stand and will see to it that there is no advertising displayed in the parade except as authorized by the Committee. They will also strictly enforce the regulation against parade participants throwing candy or other items to spectators and spectators throwing objects at parade participants.

All Unit Leaders should be instructed to keep their respective unit not more than 20 feet behind the unit ahead. Division Commanders will keep their Divisions about 50 feet apart. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Little League, etc. must be 10 abreast. All routines are limited to 30 seconds so as not to disrupt the line of march.

Floats — All large floats and floats desiring to enter the float contest should assemble on the Post Rd west of North Pine Creek Rd. by 8:45 a.m. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.

Cancellation — The Committee reserves the right to cancel the parade by 6:15 a.m. on the date of the parade. Notice of cancellation will be made to radio station WICC (600) and TV Channels 8 (WTNH) and Cable 12. In the event of inclement weather, participants should obtain cancellation information by monitoring the above radio station or TV channel.

Traffic regulations — The following traffic regulations will be carried out by the Fairfield Police and are included in this Order for information and guidance of all concerned. After 9:30 a.m., no traffic will be allowed along the parade route, on South Benson Road or on Beach Road south of Post Road to Judson Rd. No parking will be permitted along the parade route — South Pine Creek Road to Bungalow Ave. No parking on East side of Reef Road from Oldfield Road to Crescent Road. No through traffic will be permitted on South Pine Creek Road after 9 a.m. No parking will be permitted on South Pine Creek Road from St. Anthony’s Church to Post Road.

Order of formation

Fairfield Rotary Club/Homes for the Brave

Fairfield Police Escort Radio Car

Veterans Banner carried by representatives of BSA Troop 82

Fairfield Police Benefit Association Honor Guard

Former Police Athletic League President Frank Onder & his wife, Mary

Fairfield Police Explorer Post Honor Guard

Fairfield Warde High School Band

Parade Chairman – Joe Bender, Commander VFW Post 9427

Parade Secretary – Betsy P. Browne

Marshals – Rolf Marx, VFW Post 9427 and Post 74; Alvin Overton, DAV, Ch.19, Joe Dondero, Post 143

Board of Selectmen – Michael Tetreau, Kevin Kiley & Sheila Marmion

Red First Division

Assemble in column facing north on South Pine Creek Road with head on Post Road.

Marching Order:

Bridgeport Police Honor Guard

Spirit of Black Rock

Active Duty Military Personnel & Captain Roger Crossland

Veterans Honor Guard led by Sgt. Michael Benedetto

Military Vehicles

Sgt. Thomas Nelson Post 9427, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Disabled American Veterans Fairfield Chapter 19

George A. Smith Post 74 American Legion

Lieutenant Owen Fish Post 143 American Legion

A.L. Post 143 Poppy Queens – Georgia Quinn & Ava Bell

Tomlinson Middle School Band

National Association of Naval Veterans, Color Guard

National Association of Naval Veterans, Port 5 Members and Auxiliary

Catholic War Veterans – Lt. Raymond Bower Post 1466

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 77 & Coastie

Sea Scouts Ship 110

Penfield Power Squadron


1st Place Winner

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club

Coastal Car Club

Division Commander: Joe Lebinski, VFW Post 9427

Aides: Vincent Messineo & Members of Port 5

White Second Division

Assemble in column facing north on Beaumont Street with head on Post Road

Marching Order:

Ancient Mariners

Fairfield Fire Chief Richard Felner

Fairfield Fire Department

Stratfield Volunteer Fire Dept.

Southport Volunteer Fire Dept.

Fire Apparatus

Gaelic American Club Pipe Band

Gaelic American Club/FEILE

St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football Club – FLOAT

Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee – FLOAT

Eunice Dennie Burr, NS Daughters of the American Revolution

Thaddeus Burr Chapter Children of the American Revolution

Fairfield Museum

Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes – Fr. Coleman Council 2616

Msgr. William Blake 4th Degree Assembly 118

Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council 11436

Knights of Columbus Park City Council 16

Special Olympians


Fairfield Elks Lodge #2220 – FLOAT

Fairfield Woods Middle School Band

Ukrainian-American Club of Southport – FLOAT

William Penn Fraternal Association

Fidelity St. Johns #3 Masonic Lodge

Pyramid Shriners Legion of Honor & Color Guard

Pyramid Shriners Motor Patrol

First Church Congregational – FLOAT

A Night of Music – St. Vincent’s Medical Center – FLOAT


Second and third place floats

Connecticut Seaport Car Club

Fairfield Moped & Scooter Club

Division Commander: James Bender, Commander American Legion Post 74

Aides: Roger Moscater & Members of Port 5

Blue Third Division

Section A — Assemble in column facing north on Granville St. with head on Post Road

Marching Order:

Ludlowe Middle School Bulldog Band

Assumption School

Fairfield Little League – American & National

Fairfield Little League Girls Softball

Mountain Laurel Girl Scouts

Cub Scouts

Boy Scouts


Division Co-Commanders: Tom Quinn & Elwood Wahlquist, Post 143

Aides: American Legion Baseball Team with Manager Sars Ford

Section B — Assemble in column facing north on Bungalow Ave. with head on Post Road

Marching Order:

Fairfield Ludlowe High School Band

Dogwood Girl Scouts

Fairfield Wildcats Youth Football

YMCA Fly Fins Swim Team

YMCA Water Safety Lifeguards w/Stewie the Duck

Easton Banjo Society

Pop Warner Football Players & Cheerleaders

Dave Judson Float Coordinator

Fairfield Rotary Homes for the Brave Collection


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