Fireworks, parachutes highlight salute to veterans in Milford this weekend

The United States Military Academy Parachute Team will parachute onto Wasson Field at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9 during the city’s weekend-long salute to local veterans.

“The City of Milford is honored to have the USMA Black Knights Parachute Team participate in our Veterans Day Ceremony,” said Paul Piscitelli, recreation director. “The Black Knights demonstration will be an exciting way to kick off the Veterans Day Parade.”

The annual Veterans Day Parade will start at 2 p.m., stepping off from the Parson’s Complex and making its way through downtown to the green.

The Milford Concert Band, under the direction of Duane Berge, will present “Red Shirts for Veterans Salute” in conjunction with the mayor’s office at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Milford City Hall.

Several members of the Milford Concert Band are military veterans.

Stratford baritone horn player Ernie Dunn served as a sonar operator in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean War.

Milford baritone player Jim Winkelman served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1953, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri during the Korean War;

Milford baritone player Dick Platt served in the 7th Fleet of the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959 in the years between the Korean and Vietnam wars; and Monroe saxophonist Dr. Art Salman served as a clinical psychologist in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1966 at the start of the Vietnam War.

Milford Concert Band alumni Joe Stokely is currently serving with the Sixth Fleet submarine corp.

The concert is free and open to the public. The Milford Concert Band is the official community band for the City of Milford.