The Memorial Day Committee is pleased to announce its plans for the annual Memorial Day Parade and Services. The parade will be held this year on Saturday, May 25, 2013, and will kick off at 9 a.m. If you or an organization you are a member of would like to participate in this year's parade contact us today.
The information on this web site highlights the day's activities being planned which includes the ceremonies held following the parade. Photos of last year's parade are linked to from the table of contents above.
The committee is looking for a few volunteers this year to help during the parade. If you would like to volunteer at the parade, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to call the Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 721-2890.
- The Parade Committee is once again requesting financial contributions for the parade activities this year. We need your support! Any contribution will be deeply appreciated. Information can be obtained from and contributions made to:
- Town of Wethersfield - Memorial Day Parade
- c/o Parks and Recreation Department
- 505 Silas Deane Highway
- Wethersfield, CT 06109
The Memorial Day Committee would like to encourage all residents, spectators and residents living along the parade route to demonstrate their support for the veterans and our country by displaying the American Flag during the parade.
Larry Spellacy, Chairman
Wethersfield Memorial Day Committee 2013
Pictured seated, from left to right, are Lee Sekas; Dan Camillieri; Sal Cucia. Standing, from left to right, are John Cascio; Police Lieutenant Donald Crabtree; Councilor Gerri Roberts; Chairman Larry Spellacy; Steve Hesse; State Representative Russell Morin; Deputy Fire Chief Brian Schroll; Mike Rell; and State Senator John Fonfara. Absent from the picture are State Senator Paul Doyle; Deputy Mayor John Console; and James Clynch.
For more information about the parade e-mail the committee at email@example.com or feel free to contact Larry Spellacy at (860) 529-7135.
Sponsorship / Support
The Memorial Day Parade Committee would like to thank the Wethersfield business community, organizations and volunteers who have given their support and who are helping to make this year's event memorable. If you would like to consider the sponsorship of a band or helping us in any manner, please contact the parade committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Day Ceremonies
At the conclusion of the parade, a Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Village Cemetery on Marsh Street. Guest speakers and parade guests commemorate the day.
This year's speaker is Col. Richard Blake (ret.) of the Connecticut Army National Guard.
Charles E. Officer has been a resident of Wethersfield for 86 years. He served on the U.S.S. Valley Forge in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942–1945 and was assigned to the Aircraft Carrier Service Unit where he was an Aviation Machinist Mate, Second Class. His duties stationed him up and down the east coast of the United States. Mr. Officer was honorably discharged and was employed by American Airlines for 33 years. He has been a member of the First Church of Christ for 75 years, a member of the American Legion for 70 years and a member of the Men's Garden Club for 33 years. His hobbies include gardening, square dancing, woodworking and hiking. Mr. Officer and his wife Mary have been married for 69 years. They have four children, eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Flags of Appreciation
In recognition of honoring all veterans the GFWC/CT of Newington/Wethersfield Women's club, a member of General Federation of Women's Clubs, will be conducting a "Flags of Appreciation." Those wishing to honor a veteran may purchase a flag that will be placed on the Broad Street Green near the reviewing stand. Each flag would have a laminated tag along with a GFWC ribbon. The front side would give the veteran's name, armed forces, date of service and location. Flags would be sold by the club for $10 in "honor of" or "in memory of" any veteran. Questions or additional information may be obtained by contacting Diane Mirebito-Hugh at (860) 665-1148 or e-mail email@example.com. Proceeds will benefit various veteran's projects.
Invitation To All Veterans
This year, in recognition of all veterans who have returned home, this year's parade theme will be "Never Forget Those Who Served." This year the parade committee cordially invites all veterans who have served to join us next to the reviewing stand to view the parade as a guest of the committee. In order that we may arrange for reserved seating, please e-mail the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (860) 721-2890.
The Wethersfield Memorial Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the Essay Contest. Eighth grade students at Silas Deane Middle School participated in the event. This year, in recognition of all veterans who have returned home, the parade's theme was "Never Forget Those Who Served." Students were asked to write an essay on "What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?" The winning essay was read at this year's Memorial Day Ceremony which followed the parade.
The Winning Essay
The winning essay as submitted by Alexis Maher:
"What Memorial Day Means To Me"
Well let's just say that it has much meaning to me. Memorial Day is about these wonderful, responsible and honorable people who offer their lives as a tribute; to the life of liberty and freedom of the nation just to make sure that we are happy and free. Nothing is free, freedom isn't free. They protect our freedom and freedom is not given, it is earned.
Another reason Memorial Day means so much to me is because my father works in the military. He is there to protect and serve our nation if we ever get called out to war. My father also trains young adults that are willing to take on the challenge and responsibility of being a successful and strong soldier. I firmly respect this amazing day because not only do people I don't know serve our country and risk everything, it shows how brave these men and women really are. It shows commitment, faith, heroism and honor.
Memorial Day just doesn't mean a day off to me, it means to be with my family as simply as going for a walk to the end of the street or just a car ride to the store. I cherish every moment with them while I can. I wish all other military families could too. So this is a thank you for making the stars shine so brightly and our flag wave so freely. Happy Memorial Day and think beyond just another day off.
This is for all the ones who paid the ultimate price. This day is for you, in honor of what you dearly gave, and we can never repay.
Information for Marchers
All marchers are reminded to begin arriving at the line of march beginning at 8:15 a.m. Marchers will be lined up on the grassy area between the DMV and the Solomon Welles House. Vehicles and floats will be lined up in the DMV parking lot and on State Street. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. only parade traffic will be allowed from Hartford Avenue to State Street. Shortly before the parade is to begin traffic will be closed off on State Street from both directions and access to the line of march by vehicle will be prohibited.
Parking at the Department of Motor Vehicles will be for those marching only. Those who are simply dropping off individuals who are marching are asked to drop individuals off and then proceed to exit. Buses and trailers will be directed to the rear parking lot of the DMV.
The line of march is posted below. It is subject to change.
At the conclusion of the parade, all participants are invited to the ceremony at the Village Cemetery on Marsh Street.
Line of March
- Lead Motorcycle (2)
- Meriden's Marine Color Guard
w/State American Legion Honor Guard
- Honorary Parade Marshal (1 car)
- Governor / Lt. Gov.
- Federal / State / Local
- Essay Winner
- Gov./Lt. Gov.'s Car
- Governor's Foot Guard (possibly 1 car)
- Fire Department
- Police Department
- Fire Department (3 trucks, 1 command vehicle)
- National Guard
- Disabled American Veterans (1–2 cars)
- VFW (Jeep/car)
- American Legion and Auxiliary (1–2 cars)
- Wethersfield HS Band / Cheerleaders / Dance
- Knights of Columbus
- Republican Town Committee
- Weth. George Ritchie Soccer
- UNICO (4 cars & antique firetruck)
- Lions Club (pickup truck)
- Colonel John Chester
- Red Onion
- Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum / Col. David Humphreys (1 horse)
- Wethersfield Teen Theater
- Team Suzy Q (Mustang convertible)
- Daisies / Brownies / Girl Scouts
- Winding Brook 4-H Club
- Banner—MDC Sponsorship
- Bulkeley High School Band
- Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce (float)
- Little League
- Historical Society / 2nd Continental Light Dragoon (horses - 4)
- Harbor Master (trailer with patrol boat)
- Over the Hill Gang Antique Cars (5–6)
- Windsor Fife & Drum
- Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts
- Military Trucks
- Additional Fire Trucks
- Wethersfield Volunteer Ambulance
- Meadowgate Farms (horses)
- Banner—Invite Cemetery
The parade will step off at 9 a.m. and will head west on State Street to Nott Street then to Garden Street. It will then proceed down Garden Street, left onto Church Street and then right onto Main Street. The parade will continue on Main Street, then take a left back onto Garden Street to Broad Street. The Reviewing Stand will be on the Broad Street Green. We will then proceed north on Broad Street and cross Marsh Street to the Village Cemetery (behind First Church) for the cemetery services.
Parking for spectators will be available throughout the parade route. Spectators may also park on any residential street not marked by "no parking" signs. Parking for marchers will be available at the Department of Motor Vehicle on State Street rear lot. The rear parking lot of the DMV will also be available for buses to park during the parade.
Below is a list of street closings and approximate times they will be closed. (All times listed below are approximate.)
- State Street (entire length) — 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
- Nott Street (from Garden Street to State Street) — 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
- Garden Street (from Nott Street to Church Street) — 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
- Church Street (from Garden Street to Main Street) — 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Main Street (from Church Street to Garden Street) — 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Garden Street (from Main Street to Broad Street) — 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
- Broad Street (west side, from Garden Street north to Marsh Street) — 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Marsh Street (from Main Street to Broad Street) — 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
In addition, the following streets will be posted with temporary "No Parking" signs:
- State Street: From Hartford Avenue to the west driveway of DMV — both sides
- Nott Street: Around monument island at Hartford Avenue and Nott Street; from Hartford Avenue to Garden Street — both sides
- Garden Street: From Nott Street to Church Street — both sides
- Church Street: From Garden Street to Main Street — both sides
- Garden Street: From Main Street to Broad Street — both sides
- Broad Street: From Garden Street to Marsh Street — both sides
- Nott Street/State Street intersection
- Nott Street: Between State Street and Garden — both sides
- Main Street: From Church Street to Garden Street — both sides (Saturday morning only)
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved indoors to the Wethersfield High School Gymnasium and will begin at 9 a.m. The latest parade information will be announced on WTIC radio station after 8 a.m. and on the Parks and Recreation Department program information line at (860) 721-2890. Information about postponement will be announced on WTIC-FM (96.5) after 8 a.m. and on the Wethersfield Parks & Recreation Information Line at (860) 721-2890. An announcement will also be posted in the announcements area of the home page of the town web site.