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Westport Memorial Day: Parade, ceremony today salute sacrifices by those who served

Updated 7:14 am, Monday, May 27, 2013
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Westport's annual Memorial Day parade steps off at 9 a.m. Monday at Saugatuck Elementary School on Riverside Avenue

The parade route runs north to Route 1 and heads east over the Post Road bridge, turns left onto Myrtle Avenue and passes a review stand in front of Town Hall. The parade will turn left on Main Street and end in Parker-Harding Plaza.

Following the parade, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Leonard Everett Fisher, the grand marshal, will give brief speeches on Veterans Memorial Green.

The program also will include an invocation by the Rev. Edward Horne of United Methodist Church.

Maggie Miller and Molly Liles of Brownie Troop 5048 will lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the national anthem, performed by Staples High School soloist Grace McDavid Seidner, and "America the Beautiful" will be performed by Staples student Tyler Jent.

A wreath will be placed before the Doughboy statue on the green, followed by Taps performed by Staples band buglers Adam Miking and Devon Lowman.

"God Bless America" will be performed by Staples soloist Amelia Green. The benediction will be given by Horne.

If the parade is canceled because of inclement weather, call the Parks & Recreation Department cancellation line at 203-341-5074, or visit www.westportrecreation.com.

In the event the parade is canceled, Memorial Day services will be held in the Town Hall auditorium starting at 10 a.m.

Following is the Memorial Day parade line of march as announced by Westport Veterans Council President William Vornkahl and Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy:

HONOR DIVISION

Park City Pride Drum Corps, Westport Police Department, Westport Volunteer EMS, Grand Marshal Leonard Everett Fisher, aides to the grand marshal, World War II veterans and World War II Jeep.

1st DIVISION

Representative Town Meeting members, Westport Community Band, Connecticut Veterans Honor Guard, August Matthias Post 63 -- American Legion, Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 -- Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW Auxiliary float and Knapp military vehicles.

2nd DIVISION

Nash Drum Corps, Westport Fire Department and vehicles, Y's Men of Westport/Weston, Westport Little League, Staples High School Band, Westport Soccer Association, Westport Lacrosse Association, Suzuki Music School of Westport, St. Paul Lutheran Church -- Christian School, Al's Angels, Westport Historical Society, League of Women Voters of Westport, Westport Woman's Club and Westport Electric Car Club.

3rd DIVISION

Temple Lodge 65 Masonic Lodge, Coleytown Middletown School Band, Westport Boy Scouts, Westport PAL, Westport Girl Scouts, Westport Cinema Initiative, Democratic Women of Westport, Westport Community Theatre, the Y's Women, Bedford Middle School Band, World Champion Taekwondo, Monroe Kohn Vehicle, Rainbow Task Force, SDSS Kung Fu, Builders Beyond Borders and Republican Town Committee.

4th DIVISION

Knights of Columbus Council 3688, Col. John Chester Fife & Drum Corps, Isadora's Children, WEBE 108, Sunrise Rotary, Westport Weston Family Y, United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, Saugatuck River Sail & Power Squadron, Save Our Strays, Earthplace, Radio Station 89.5, Westport Public Library, First Night Westport-Weston, Westport Make A Difference Day, Westport Transit District, Levitt Pavilion, CLASP Homes, Geiger's Landscape & Design and Junior Colonials.