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Wethersfield's monument honoring servicemen who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our country.

Introduction

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 24, 2014, 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 memorial.day@wethersfieldct.com 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

The 2014 Wethersfield Memorial Day Committee.

Wethersfield Memorial Day Committee 2014

Pictured from left to right, seated front row are Councilor Michael Rell; Dan Camillieri; Sal Cucia; Lee Sekas. Standing, back row, left to right are John Console; James Clynch and Chairman Larry Spellacy. Also on the committee but missing from the photo are Board of Education member John Cascio; Lt. Donald Crabtree; Councilor Gerri Roberts; Steve Hesse; State Representative Russell Morin; Deputy Fire Chief Brian Schroll; State Senator John Fonfara; State Senator Paul Doyle and Dr. Kenneth Sokolowski.

Contact Information

For more information about the parade e-mail the committee at memorial.day@wethersfieldct.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 memorial.day@wethersfieldct.com.

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.

Memorial Day Address Speaker — Ted Graziani

Speaker Ted Graziani

Ted Graziani is a Vietnam Veteran. At age eighteen he volunteered for the draft and joined the U.S. Army on August 6, 1966. He served in Vietnam at Phu Loi, An Khe and Da Dang with the 529th and 610th Transportation Company from April, 1967 until June, 1968, whereupon he was discharged with the rank of Spec. 5.

He has served on the Connecticut State Legislation for twelve years serving in various leadership roles dealing with Veteran Affairs, passing legislation on behalf of veterans and their families. He is a former Selectman for the Town of Ellington and has served on numerous community organizations and is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Connecticut Civil Air Patrol. He is, among other appointments, a current member of the Vietnam 50th Anniversary Committee; Vice Chair, National and Homeland Security Council American Legion National Security Commission; Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Travelling Memorial Wall for Town of East Windsor and also Chairman of the Rehabilitation and Veterans Affairs of the American Legion Dept. of Connecticut. Mr. Graziani served or is serving on numerous boards and has received several awards for his service to Veterans.

Mr. Graziani has been employed by UTC Aerospace Systems for the past twenty-five years. Recently he has received an appointment by the Deptartment of Defense as Chairman for the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) for the State of Connecticut from 2012–2015. He is married with five children and seven grandchildren and resides in Ellington, Connecticut.


Parade Marshal — Francis (Speck) Pasborg

Parade Marshal Francis Pasborg

Francis (Speck) is his nickname and known by everyone by that name, was born in Glenns Ferry, Idaho on December 2, 1919. Upon graduating from Southern University of Idaho he enlisted in the army and was called into service training for chemical warfare. Soon after he was transferred to army engineering and was sent to China/Burma, India. He served as an Army Sergeant assigned as a water purification supervisor responsible for supplying drinking water for the solders in the camps. Mr. Pasborg was honorably discharged in 1946 whereupon he married Gertrude Martin. Over the years he has worked in numerous positions as a chemist, and the J.M. New Company for twenty-five years as a research and development engineer. He has volunteered in many organizations, including the Cub Scouts, Little League and assisting elderly widowers at the Armsmire in Hartford volunteering his time to them repairing their appliances, radios, televisions and clocks. Mr. Pasborg has resided in Wethersfield for the past sixty-four years and was married to Gertrude (now deceased) for fifty-six years. They have three children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


Flags of Appreciation

As part of this year's event, and in recognition of all veterans, the GFWC/CT 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 during the parade. Each flag will be 17" by 11 1/2" and have a laminated tag along with a GFWC ribbon. The front side will give the veteran's name, military branch and date and location of service. Flags will be sold by the club for $10 in "honor of" or "in memory of" any veteran. After the parade flags may be picked up where they are being displayed until 12 noon. Questions or additional information may be obtained by contacting Diane Mirebito-Hough at (860) 665-1148 or at hough_john_c@hotmail.com. Proceeds will benefit various veterans projects. Registration forms may be obtained after April 23rd at the Parks & Recreation office or by visiting the GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Women's Club web site. Requests must be received by Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Invitation To All Veterans

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 memorial.day@wethersfieldct.com or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (860) 721-2890.

Essay Contest

In line with this year's theme, an essay contest was held for in 8th graders at the Silas Deane Middle School asking them what Memorial Day means to them. The winning essay will be read as part of the ceremony. This year's winning essay was written by Tessa Slesinski.

The Winning Essay

Memorial Day Essay By Tessa Slesinski

Nobody denies that Memorial Day is one of the most important holidays in America. It is a day made especially for all the people who are or have fought for our country. Those special people have protected our freedom; without them we would not be living the lives we live today. With this in mind, you can now see why this specific day in the year is one of the most significant. Memorial Day means a lot to me. All the soldiers fight year around, they fight every day to protect us, people they don't even know. Their heroism deserves recognition which is what Memorial Day is for.

I just read a story about a soldier and it made me realize many things. The story was about a girl who was writing about her grandfather, Joe, who was a soldier in WWI and WWII. Joe had won many badges and medals for his outstanding work and his pride for the U.S. He sadly passed away in 2007. The story really taught me how important it is for the soldiers to be recognized even after their passing because, I know that what they did for us will carry on and support us forever; even though they are gone what they did is not.

So remember to celebrate all the soldiers like Joe and also the ones who are currently protecting us and our freedom. The perfect opportunity to celebrate and reward these heroes and everything they have provided us with, is this Memorial Day.

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

First Division

  1. Lead Motorcycle (2)
  2. State Police Color Guard
  3. Honorary Parade Marshal
  4. Dignitaries - Includes:
    • Governor / Lt. Gov
    • Federal / State/Local/Essay Winner
  5. Gov/Lt. Gov’s Car
  6. Convertible - Dignitaries
  7. Governor’s Foot Guard
  8. Police Department
  9. Fire Department
  10. Fire Department
  11. National Guard
  12. Disabled American Veterans
  13. American Legion and Auxiliary
  14. VFW

Second Division

  1. Wethersfield HS Band / Cheerleaders / Dance
  2. Knights of Columbus
  3. Republican Town Committee
  4. Women’s Club
  5. Wethersfield George Ritchie Soccer
  6. Proposition.com
  7. UNICO
  8. Lions Club

Third Division

  1. Colonel John Chester
  2. Red Onion
  3. Webb Deane-Stevens Museum / Col. David Humphreys (Horse)
  4. 36 Club (Mustang Convertible)
  5. Daisies / Brownies / Girl Scouts
  6. Wethersfield Teen Theater
  7. Miss Jr. Teen
  8. Winding Brook 4-H Club

Fourth Division

  1. Banner – MDC Sponsorship
  2. Bulkeley High School Band
  3. Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce
  4. Ms Pre-Teen
  5. Little League
  6. Gravers Tree Service
  7. Historical Society / Fifth Connecticut Regiment (Horses)
  8. Antique Cars

Fifth Division

  1. Windsor Fife & Drum
  2. Highcrest School
  3. Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts
  4. Military Trucks
  5. Additional Fire Dept. Trucks
  6. Wethersfield Volunteer Ambulance
  7. Meadowgate Farms (Horses)
  8. Banner - Invite Cemetery

Parade Route

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.

Memorial Day Parade Route

Parking

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.

Street Closings

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)

Rain Plans

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved indoors to the Webb School at 51 Willow Street 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.

Memorial Day 2013 Photo Gallery