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Greater Danbury area towns to mark Memorial Day

Memorial Day events are being held by Greater Danbury area towns throughout the long weekend.


The Brookfield Memorial Day Parade is being organized by the Lions Club.  It takes place on Sunday and begins at 2pm at Brookfield High School and ends at Center Elementary School.


The Danbury Memorial Day events begin at 6:30 a.m. Monday with a service at St. Joseph Church. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 149 will lead the placing of wreaths at various monuments around the city. A bus will leave the parking lot behind the War Memorial Building in Rogers Park at 6 a.m. to shuttle individuals to these events.  Following the wreath laying services, the Danbury Police Department Honor Guard and the Buglers will proceed to the Germantown Firehouse for ceremonies there. All other participants will head toward Main Street, where the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection with Rose Street.


The Kent Memorial Day Parade steps off from Kent Center School at 9:30am on Monday.  The procession will move along North Main Street in the village, led by American Legion Post 153 Honor Guard, WWII Veteran Bob Bauer and Korean War Veteran Francois DiGregorio, followed by the Kent Center School Band, Kent Scouts, Kent Volunteer Fire Department, and a tractor-driven wagon for kids, driven by Bill McAnn. Weather permitting, there will be a C-130 Military Flyover by the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard. In the event of rain there will not be a parade but ceremonies will be held at the entrance to Kent Center School. Marchers will include the American Legion Honor Guard followed by veterans in a military Jeep; World War II Veteran, Robert Bauer and Korean War Veteran, Francois DiGregorio.


The Monroe Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday.  The parade begins at 2PM from Elm Street and Monroe Turnpike, and travels north on Monroe Turnpike to the Town green.   The Town's Memorial Day Ceremony takes place immediately following the parade at the War Memorial in front of town hall.


The New Fairfield Veterans Association will be holding a somber ceremony of remembrance in honor of those who died in service on Memorial Day, Monday at 11 AM in Veterans Memorial Park.  The ceremony will be held rain or shine.


The Redding Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for May 28, rain or shine. The parade will form at the Redding Elementary School Memorial Auditorium at 11:30 a.m., and after a noon ceremony, will step off at 12:15 p.m. The parade will proceed to the Redding Green for flag-raising and flower-placing ceremonies at the Memorial Stone. Parade officials anticipate the festivities concluding by 1 p.m.

The Ridgefield parade steps off at 11:30 May 30 and will feature six marching bands, an Army reserve unit, local town officials, 60 organizations, and a flyover. All are invited to attend the closing ceremony in Ballard Park at the end of the parade where there will be short speeches, patriotic music and remarks from the Grand Marshal.  The 2022 Grand Marshal is Korean War Veteran, Richard (Dick) Godbout.  

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