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Round up of Greater Danbury area Memorial Day commemorations

A ceremony at Redding Elementary School auditorium begins at noon Saturday, with parade step-off at 12:15.


The Annual Strawberry Festival in Brookfield will take place Sunday between 12:30 and 3pm outside the Brookfield Museum.  The festival, located at the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center, follows the Town's Memorial Day parade.


The Monore Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday and will begin at 2pm. The parade will travel north on Monroe Turnpike up to the Town Green, where a Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place. The roads surrounding the parade route will be closed at 1:45pm.  All side streets and shopping plazas will also be blocked preventing vehicles from entering onto the parade route.


The Danbury Council of Veterans is hosting today's Memorial Day Parade.  The morning starts with a service at St. Joseph's Church.  Wreath layings followed the church service.  In Danbury, the parade steps off at 9:30.  The theme is “Remembering Our Deceased Veterans, Honoring the Men and Women who served Our Country and displaying the American Flag”.  Honoring the sacrifices of the men and women who served in the Armed Forces of this nation, the Skydiving Demo Team of the Blue Sky Ranch will be parachuting into Rogers Park at the baseball field adjacent to the Junior High School and behind the Memorial Parade reviewing Stand at approximately 10:45am.


The Easton Memorial Day parade is at 9:30am.  Parade marchers assemble at the Easton Fire House.  The parade will proceed to Easton Town Hall, after which a ceremony will be held at town hall.  The Easton Exchange Club will be hosting its eighth annual Memorial Day Mile road race today. It will kick off from the Easton firehouse at 8:30 am. This will give runners ample time to regroup and be able to participate in the Memorial Day parade.


Weston will also celebrate Memorial Day with a fair at Hurlbutt Elementary School. The fair offers carnival rides and games for all ages as well as fair food, and live entertainment.  Fair hours today are noon to 4pm. The Weston Memorial Day parade is set for 10am.


New Milford will remember those who died serving in our country's armed forces with a Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade today.  The ceremony is slated for 10am in front of the Library. The parade will begin after the ceremony, heading south on Main St., turning right on Bridge St., down to Railroad St., right on Bennitt St. and right on Main St. to the War Memorial on the Green.  In the event of rain, the Parade will be cancelled and the Ceremony will be held at The VFW on Avery Road.  Drivers are cautioned to expect minor delays due to road closures for the parade route. 


Ridgefield's annual Memorial Day Parade is scheduled to start at 11:30 am from the Jesse Lee Memorial Church, marching down Main Street ending in Ballard Park where a closing ceremony will be held.  8 bands, some floats and about 2,000 participants are being featured.  Participants are urged to arrive at the Church between 10am and 11am.  King Lane will be a one-way street from 9:30 am until the end of the parade.

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Dave Rinelli

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