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Danbury parade a feast of color

Updated 11:27 pm, Monday, May 26, 2014

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  • Michelle Dimauro, of Danbury, laughs as her daughter, Addison Dimauro, 9 months, moves along to the music while riding in a firetruck during the Memorial Day parade on Main Street in Danbury, Conn. Monday, May 26, 2014.  The parade began at Rose Street and Main Street, finishing at Rogers Park, where skydivers dropped onto the field at Rogers Park Middle School. The parade was followed by a memorial service at the Rogers Park Rose Memorial Garden. Photo: Tyler Sizemore / The News-Times
    Michelle Dimauro, of Danbury, laughs as her daughter, Addison Dimauro, 9 months, moves along to the music while riding in a firetruck during the Memorial Day parade on Main Street in Danbury, Conn. Monday, May 26, 2014. The parade began at Rose Street and Main Street, finishing at Rogers Park, where skydivers dropped onto the field at Rogers Park Middle School. The parade was followed by a memorial service at the Rogers Park Rose Memorial Garden. Photo: Tyler Sizemore

 

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DANBURY -- They showed their colors proudly Monday on the sidewalks along the Memorial Day parade route.

Bill Scollon, a veteran himself, wore a sweater with white stars on blue sleeves and red and white stripes everywhere else.

"We come every year to watch," said Scollon, who was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and marches each year in the Bethel parade. "Our veterans deserve this day."

Kiley O'Neill, watching with her young daughter, wore a red, white, and blue scarf.

"This is my first time at the Danbury parade," she said. "It's a nice day and it's fun for the little one."

Earlier in the day, wreaths had been laid at the Civil War Monument, World War II plaque and the Korean and Vietnam monuments.

By 9:30 a.m., the parade was underway, stretching along Main Street from Rose Street to Rogers Park. Serving as Honorary Marshal was Harold L. Michael, a Marine Corps veteran of Korea.

Among those to be honored was Danbury's oldest World War II veteran, Namen N. Ramey, 94, riding in the Lebanon American Club car. Ramey, who enlisted in the Army in 1941, served in Pacific campaigns from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima. He was one of seven brothers who served and survived the war.

Marching in the first contingent was veteran Mark Pierce, crisply outfitted in his Navy whites. After marching he moved to a sidewalk and starting recording the event with his iPad.

"I've marched in Danbury for the last 14 years," he said. "I wear my dress whites every year.

The day was as multicultural as it was patriotic. Marchers included groups ranging from the Ancient Order of Hibernians to The Sons of Portugal, from the Dominican Club to the Ecuadorian Civic Center, most wearing native dress and dancing to the music of bagpipes, accordions, flutes and drums.

Adding to the noise was the flyover by a vintage HU-16 Albatross, piloted by Vietnam veteran Tom Casey.

Adding to the color was the van belonging to the Loyal Order of Moose, sporting a mounted head of its namesake animal, and a balloon vendor pushing his display cart along the curb, stopping here and there to peddle his wares and hand out American flags.

Victoria Tomanino, 9, was watching as her father, Victor, drove past in a flatbed filled with Girl Scouts, a ride she often took when she was younger.

"We've come to the parade as long as I can remember," she said.

stuz@newstimes.com; 860-355-7322