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CSA Donates Toward the 2012 New Britain Memorial Day Parade

Mayor Timothy E. O’Brien has announced that the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department Veterans Affairs Division is accepting donations toward the 2012 New Britain Memorial Day Parade since funding for this annual event was cut from the 2011-2012 City Budget. The Parade would take place on the traditional Memorial Day for Veterans, which falls on Wednesday, May 30 and step-off time would be 6 p.m.

Mayor O’Brien stated that, “It’s more important than ever to bring the community together to honor all Veterans who have served our country and have returned to our state.”

Bill DeMaio, Director of Parks and Recreation, added that “New Britain is a tremendously patriotic City. It is important to have the 2012 Memorial Day Parade in order to honor our Veterans, especially at this time when so many Veterans have been able to return home after having been deployed for so long.”

The New Britain Municipal Employees Community Services Association, also known as the CSA, has generously stepped forward to be the first to help make the Parade a reality in 2012 by committing $500 toward this special tradition in New Britain. Barbara Yezierski, the President of the Association, commented that, “We feel this is an important event for the Community and hope that we are just the beginning of donations by other groups and associations who care deeply for New Britain. This is a great opportunity to remind residents that New Britain Municipal Employees really do care about their community.”

The Parade features various Veterans Organizations, Alderpersons, State and Local Officials, City groups such as the EMS, Fire and Police Departments, New Britain’s Middle and High School Bands, Boy Scout packs and Girl Scout troops, Little Leagues, a Soccer League, and many other City groups, all who look forward to participation in this annual event in New Britain. Funding is necessary to cover the expenses of the Fife and Drum Corps, entertainers including the clowns, jugglers, stilt walkers, and the Pyramid Shriners Motor Patrol, signs, shuttle busses, advertising, and part-time staff needed to organize the lineup.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Sandy Keefe, Veterans Affairs Clerk, at 860-826-3362 or skeefe@newbritainct.gov or donations can also be mailed to the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department, City Hall Room 302, 27 West Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051. Please consider supporting this special event in New Britain which honors all Veterans. Help keep this wonderful tradition alive!