New Britain’s Memorial Day Parade Honors Veterans on Tuesday
Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Patrick Dorsey, and Veterans Commission Chairman Peter Scirpo have announced that the New Britain Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department will be hosting the 2017 Memorial Day Parade in honor of all the brave men and women who have served and those who are currently serving in the United States military.
Mayor Erin E. Stewart stated, “The City of New Britain is proud to continue our tradition of honoring the sacrifices and contributions of our servicemen and women through our annual Memorial Day Parade. It is our honor and solemn duty never to forget those sons and daughters who have given their lives so that we might live ours in freedom.”
Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Patrick Dorsey added that, “Memorial Day is not only a time to honor our fallen heroes, but also to thank and remember the families of those heroes.”
Veterans Commission Chairman Peter Scirpo commented that, “Memorial Day means that we should take the time to think of those who gave everything for this beautiful country we are blessed to live in. We should also remember and be thankful for the families who supported those men and women who left everything behind. The families that were left behind will never be the same and are as important as the men and women we honor on this day. In between the cook outs and parades, remember the somber facts of why this day is so important.”
Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Director Erik Barbieri noted that: “Hosting the Memorial Day Parade is always such an exciting and fun day for the entire community as we honor our Veterans and those who died for our freedom. Let us all try and remember those sacrifices, not just on Memorial Day, but each and every day.”
The New Britain Memorial Day Parade will take place on Tuesday, May 30 beginning at 6 p.m. The Parade will begin at the top of Broad and Burritt Streets. The line of march is East on Broad Street for 1.5 miles downhill to South on Main Street for 0.7 miles past the reviewing grand stand by T.D. Bank just past Central Park to the dispersing point at Franklin Square in front of the New Britain Courthouse.
The reviewing grand stand and bleachers will be located in front of T.D. Bank right across the street from the “pocket park” between the CCSU ITBD Building and the New Britain Police Station.
The Parade features many local Veterans Organizations and their respective Auxiliaries; local, state, and federal elected officials, local youth organizations, the New Britain Police, Fire and EMS Departments, five school marching bands including the New Britain High School Golden Hurricanes as well as the Slade, Pulaski, HALS Academy and DiLoreto Middle School Bands, two youth and four adult Fife and Drum Corps, two clowns named Valentine and Sparkle, an entertaining stilt walker named Amazing Andy, the Sphinx Temple Motor Patrol, Cyclists, Temple Guard Unit, and False Alarmers, and many other local organizations.
For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 860-826?3362 or visit us on the web at http://www.newbritainct.gov/index.php/city-services/community-services/veterans-affairs.html.