Westport salutes Memorial Day on Monday
Published 5:15 pm, Thursday, May 26, 2011
Westport's annual Memorial Day parade is set for Monday. The grand marshal is Tracy Sugarman, a World War II veteran and artist. Following is a summary of the local Memorial Day events:
START TIME: 9 a.m.
IN CASE OF RAIN: If the parade is cancelled because of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Monday in the Town Hall auditorium.
ROUTE: The parade will begin at Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave., and travel up Riverside Avenue over the Post Road to Town Hall. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by the Westport Kiwanis Club at the starting point of the parade.
CEREMONY: A ceremony after the parade will take place at Veterans Green at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Main Street in front of Town Hall. The ceremony will include singing the National Anthem by Staples High School student Tori Schachne, remarks by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and a speech by Sugarman. A Memorial Day wreath will be paced at the WW I Doughboy by the VFW and American Legion, and Westport police officers will give a 21-gun salute. Taps will be played by Staples students Dustin Lowman and Evan Burke "God Bless America" will be sung by Staples student Eva Hendricks. The Rev. John Branson of Christ and Holy Trinity Church will give a benediction and Staples High School Band will perform an "Armed Forces Salute."