Fairfield parade marks 25 years since Gulf War

Memorial Day procession, ceremony set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 30

In addition to remembering all who gave their lives in service to the United States, the 2016 Fairfield Memorial Day Parade will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War.

Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, the procession will make its way east from South Pine Creek Road along the Post Road to the Fairfield Library, turning south on Old Post Road to Flint’s Corner, and then east along Old Post Road, passing the Town Green and continuing beyond South Benson Road to disband.

There will be road closures Monday morning. 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 Road. No parking will be allowed along the parade route, South Pine Creek Road to Bungalow Avenue, 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.

Before the parade, First Selectman Michael Tetreau will judge floats beginning at 8:45 a.m. When the procession reaches the Town Green, the Pledge of Allegiance will be followed by the National Anthem, sung by by students Chris Dileo, Kylie Macchia, Dylan O’Brien and Catherine Regan of Fairfield Warde High School.

The Rev. Margaret Hodgkins, rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, will deliver the invocation.

Lt. Col. Thomas Armas will be the speaker.

Dileo, Macchia, O’Brien and Regan will sing America the Beautiful.

After the Benediction by the Rev. Milan Dimic, pastor at St. Emery’s Church, a volley will be fired by a squad from American Legion Lt. Owen Fish Post 143.

The Fairfield Warde Band will play Taps.

Master of ceremonies at the Town Green will be Probate Judge Daniel Caruso.

The parade is sponsored by the Memorial Day Parade Committee. James Bender, commander of American Legion Post 74, is again parade chairman.

Other events Monday

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Rd., will serve its annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. until noon. All proceeds raised go to outreach. In previous years, programs supported included Habitat for Humanity, Operation Hope, Haiti and Fairfield’s Wheels of Hope bicycle program.

The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will hold tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Academy, located diagonally across from the Old Town Hall.

The ninth annual Memorial Day Community Picnic, hosted by the Fairfield Museum and History Center, will be held after the parade from noon to 3 p.m at the Historic Town Green behind the Fairfield Museum. All are welcome for an afternoon of games, food, crafts, and activities.

For more information, contact Betsy Browne, Memorial Day Parade Secretary, at 203-414-0246 or by email at [email protected].

The 2016 Memorial Day Parade will march through downtown Fairfield at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30. Pictured is the 2014 parade. — Will Powers Photo

The 2016 Memorial Day Parade will march through downtown Fairfield at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30. Pictured is the 2014 parade. — Will Powers Photo

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