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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 27, 2017, 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 committee would also like to announce it is accepting nominations for parade marshal(s). Individuals are selected as parade marshal(s) based on their military service and/or contributions to the community. Nominations will be accepted at the Parks & Recreation office at Town Hall through Friday, March 24, 2017. Please include a brief bio with the submittal. Further information can be obtained by contacting the office at (860) 721-2890.

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.gov 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 2017 Wethersfield Memorial Day Committee.

Wethersfield Memorial Day Committee 2017

Pictured seated, front row, is Lee Sekas. Standing, back row, from left to right, are Councilor Anthony Spinella, Board of Education Member John Cascio, Councilor Donna Hemmann, Chairman Larry Spellacy, Councilor Amy Bello, John Console and Sal Cucia. Also on the committee, but missing from the photo, are James Clynch, State Representative Russell Morin, Deputy Fire Chief Brian Schroll, State Senator John Fonfara, State Senator Paul Doyle, Rick Newell and Lt. Thomas Mitney.

Contact Information

For more information about the parade e-mail the committee at memorial.day@wethersfieldct.gov or feel free to contact Larry Spellacy at (860) 529-7135.

Deceased Veterans

As part of the ceremonies to be held at the Village Cemetery, the committee is compiling a list of those veterans from Wethersfield who have died between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. If any family member would like to have their loved one's name read out loud during the Memorial Day Service, please contact the committee at memorial.day@wethersfieldct.gov. Previous lists of individuals included those who served in the United States Army, Coast Guard, Army Air Corps, Marines, Air Force, National Guard, Army Reserves and the Italian Army.

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.gov.

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

To be announced.


Parade Marshal

To be announced.


Flags of Appreciation

In recognition of all veterans, the GFWC/CT of Newington/Wethersfield Womens Club, a member of General Federation of Womens 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 will have a laminated tag along with a GFWC ribbon. The front side will give the veteran's name, service 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. Questions or additional information may be obtained by contacting Diane Mirebito-Hugh at (860) 788-3415 or e-mail hough_john_c@hotmail.com. Forms are available at the Parks & Recreation office. Proceeds will benefit various veterans projects.

Essay Contest

Every year children in 8th grade at the Silas Deane Middle School are asked to write and to write an essay on "What Does Memorial Day Mean To You?" The winning essay will be read at the ceremony at the cemetery at the end of the parade.

The Winning Essay

To be announced.

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

To be announced.

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 Wethersfield High School Auditorium, 411 Wolcott Hill Road, 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.