Memorial Day Services and Parade Schedule Set
Memorial Day Services will be held on May 24th and Saturday, May 30th and The Memorial Day Parade, to honors veterans, will also take place on May 30th.
“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,” Mayor Erin E. Stewart stated. “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.”
“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,” said Veterans Commission Chairman Peter Scirpo . “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.”
The New Britain Memorial Day Parade will take place on Wednesday, 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, Valentine the clown, an entertaining stilt walker named Amazing Andy, the Sphinx Temple Motor Patrol, Cyclists, and False Alarmers, the Connecticut Horse Council Volunteer Horse Patrol, and many other local organizations.
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 Memorial Day Services are commemorative ceremonies that recognize and honor the men and women who served in the United States military at various war memorials and landmarks throughout the city of New Britain.
The first service takes place at Fairview Cemetery, 120 Smalley Street in New Britain, at the Veterans Section on Thursday, May 24 beginning at 6 p.m. This Service always takes place on the Thursday before the nationally celebrated holiday on Monday (holiday on the last Monday of May).
The second set of Memorial Day Services will take place on Wednesday, May 30 as follows:
8 a.m. General John Patterson Memorial on East/Allen Streets
8:30 a.m. Spanish American War Memorial at Willow Brook Park, 635 South Main St.
8:45 a.m. Vietnam Memorial at Willow Brook Park, 635 South Main St.
9:15 a.m. Sherrod E. Skinner Memorial on Corbin Ave./Lincoln Streets
9:45 a.m. Israel Putnam Stone at Walnut Hill Park, 200 Grand St.
10 a.m. World War I Monument and Louis Gentile Salute to Women Memorial at Walnut Hill Park, 200 Grand St.
10:30 a.m. General Casimir Pulaski and Tadeusz Kosciuszko Memorials at Pulaski Park, Broad/Burritt Streets
11 a.m. Civil War, World War II, Korean and Vietnam Memorials at Central Park, Main/West Main Streets
Please note that the Marine Corp League also visits 105 Franklin Square for “Flags on the Green” by the Suburban Woman’s Club in between the Central Park and Borinqueneers Services changing the following times to be later.
11:30 a.m. 65th Infantry Regiment Park-The Borinqueneers (U.S. Army in WWI, WWII, and Korea) at Beaver St. / North Side corner near LaSalle St. / Washington St. / Farmington Ave.
11:50 a.m. Belvidere Area World War II Memorial at Campbell Square, Stanley/Hillcrest
12:15 p.m. Captain Brian S. Letendre U.S.M.C. Park at Pendleton Rd./Sunnyslope Dr.
Services include placing of wreaths on each Memorial along with invocations, cadences, and taps. In the event of severe rain or inclement weather on Thursday, May 24th, the Cemetery Services will be held indoors at St. Jean’s Hall across the street from Fairview Cemetery at 209 Smalley Street at the same start time of 6 p.m. For more information, call Sandy at the Parks and Recreation Department at 860?826?3362 or you may visit us on the web at: http://www.newbritainct.gov/services/community/veterans/default.htm.