Veterans Day Parade and concert will honor Korean War veterans

Organizers of this year's Veterans Day parade are hoping for a bigger turnout than in past years.

While the city's St. Patrick's Day parade attracts about 20,000 spectators, patriotic parades attract far fewer.

This year, to boost attendance, Veterans Day parade organizers have set a theme: To mark the 60th anniversary of the “forgotten war,” the parade will salute veterans of the Korean War.

Milford's Veterans Day parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. All units and marchers are asked to assemble at the Daniel Wasson Field parking lot at 1 p.m.

Organizations that would like to participate may call Russ Edwards at 203-876-0914 for more information.

The Milford Concert Band, under the direction of Steven L. Saunders, will present “A Musical Salute to Our Veterans” right after the parade Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m. at Milford City Hall.

Several members of the Milford Concert Band members are military veterans, including several who served during the Korean War.

They include Stratford baritone Ernie Dunn, who served as a sonar operator in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean War; Milford baritone player Jim Winkelman, who 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, who 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, who served as a clinical psychologist in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1966 at the start of the Vietnam War.

The concert is free and open to the public. Milford City Hall is located at 110 River Street, across from the Parsons Government Complex. Doors will open at 3 p.m. following the parade. For more information, call 203-260-6625.

The Milford Concert Band is the official community band for the City of Milford.

As in past years, the Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony will be held on Nov. 11, in front of City Hall at 11 a.m. All are invited to attend this short but moving ceremony.