Memorial Day Parade is Sunday

The City of Milford will host its annual Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. in downtown Milford.
Veterans, city officials, local service organizations and others will march.

All units and marchers are asked to assemble at the Daniel Wasson Field parking lot at 1 p.m. Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean M. Connolly will serve as grand marshal and keynote speaker. Connolly began his service with the Connecticut Veterans Affairs on March 16, 2015.

The City Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony will also be held on Sunday, May 29. It will take place in front of City Hall at 9:45 a.m. All are invited to attend.

"Memorial Day is a sacred day to our veterans, their families and friends, and members of our community at large,” said Tom Flowers, chairman of the Milford Veterans, Ceremony and Parade Commission. “On this day we salute those veterans who wrote ‘blank checks,’ payable with their lives, in defense of our country. Those blank checks were cashed and we will never forget. We also salute those veterans who are currently serving and pray that their blank checks will remain forever outstanding. It is also extremely heart warming that the City of Milford, our elected officials and so many others, including our school children, come out to support our Memorial Day parade and celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day."
One more event will take place May 29 to honor veterans: A gazebo dedication at the boat ramp.
In 1992 a gazebo was placed at the Milford boat ramp behind Fowler Field and the Milford Library. The gazebo bears a plaque "Dedicated to all veterans of our armed forces" and is dated May 30, 1992.

Inspired by his great grandfather's service in WWll, Boy Scout Nick Foss, Troop 12, took on the the task of restoring the gazebo as his Eagle Scout project with the assistance of local businesses who donated materials for the project.

On Memorial Day weekend, exactly 24 years later, the City of Milford will hold a rededication ceremony to thank Nick for his hard work and remember the service Nick's great grandfather performed for the county. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 29 at the boat ramp at 11:30 a.m. All are invited to attend.

For parade information contact Russ Edwards at 203-876-0914.