Memorial Day Handbook: Marching Order, Program Agenda

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Here’s who marches in what order and what takes place when in Darien’s 2019 Memorial Day Parade. Don’t forget: Darien EMS-Post 53’s Food Fair at Tilley Pond Park rounds out the day afterward.

— an announcement from the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission

Your Memorial Day Handbook 2019

— You can watch the parade and ceremony, starting at 10 a.m., here.

Parade Order

Organization Notes (including officials names or leaders of various contingents)
Darien Police Dep’t Color Guard Lieutenant John Lawlor
Grand Marshal Pat Parlette
State Representative District 141 Terrie Wood
State Representative District 147 Matt Blumenthal
Town of Darien- First Selectman Jayme Stevenson
Town of Darien- Selectman Pamela Sparkman
Town of Darien- Selectman Kip Koons
Town of Darien- Selectman Susan J. Marks
Town of Darien- Selectman Marc Thorne
Darien High School Band Jonathan Grauer, band director
VFW Post 6933 Color Guard Jeff Calcott
VFW Post 6933 Lenny Hunter- Post Commander
American Legion Post 3 Commander Al Papp- ’67 Mustang & Jeep
Marine Corps League (Lock City Detachment) Lock City Detachment- Iwo Jima Float
CT NATIONAL GUARD Co. A- 192nd Engineer Battalion
Division 2 Leader Lucy Berry
Veterans Affairs City of Bridgeport Bus
Darien EMS–Post 53 5 vehicles
Darien Historical Society
Darien Historical Society: Whaleboat Revolutionary War Actors participating
Darien Historical Society Cars Bruce Sargent’s  three Packards
Masonic Lodge- Ivanhoe #107 2 Vehicles plus float
Darien Chamber of Commerce
Darien Chamber of Commerce vehicle John Breznen- Silverado pickup
Darien Chamber of Commerce vehicle Tyler Roland- ‘SCARGO’
Community Fund of Darien
Harney-Pender-Keady Irish Arts Foundation Girls will dance en-route
Darien Men’s Association 6 cars
PIVOT Ministries 2 Vans
Darien YMCA Gymnastics Team John Schwartz
Darien Sail & Power Squadron John Pedersen
Milford Volunteers Ancient Fife & Drum Corps
Noroton Heights Fire Department Chief Shaun Volin
Noroton Heights Fire Department Apparatus
Division 3 Leader Becky Siciliano
Darien School of Dance (YWCA) Brigita Fulton
Girl Scouts of Connecticut Sueann Schorr
Cub Scouts–Pack 56 Royle School
Cub Scouts–Pack 55 Ox Ridge School
Cub Scouts-Pack 155 Holmes School
Cub Scouts–Pack 161 Hindley School
Boy Scouts-Troop 35 Sabina Harris
Boy Scouts–Troop 53 Grant Evans
BSA Troop 219 (Girls) Susie Flaherty
Atria Darien Veterans
Antique Car (Williams ’28 Ford) 1928 Ford model A Roadster
Antique Car (Bealle) Preston Bealle, 1964 Cadillac
At Home in Darien At least two vehicles
Antique Car (Lefferts-’39 Jaguar) 1939 Jaguar  SS-100 Roadster
Darien High School Girls Hockey Team Jackie Cassidy
Maplewood at Darien Meghan Kurtzman
Good Wife’s River Chapter D.A.R. Beck Siciliano; Kathy Love
Fairfield County Police Pipes & Drums Darien Fire Department Band
Darien Fire Department Shane Smith
Darien Fire Department Auxiliary Karen Smith
Darien Fire Department Apparatus
Division 4 Leader Terry Gaffney
Auto- Jeep (Carper) Meredith Carper
Darien Senior Activities Center Joe Pankowski- 1930 Ford Model A Pickup; Ron Heinbaugh- 1931 Model A Coupe
Kempo Karate of Darien Michael Nahan
Dance on the DL Doreen Godfrey
Democratic Town Committee Frank Adelman
Darien YMCA Adventure Guides 8 Tribes;  7 floats; about 180 marchers
Darien Green Team Linda Goodyear
Darien Nature Center Leah Salmoni
Darien Lions Club 1947 Chrysler transporting Special Olympics
NYS Court Officers Pipes and Drums Noroton Fire Department Band
Noroton Fire Department John Hessmer
Noroton Fire Department Apparatus

Memorial Day Ceremony

Darien’s Monuments & Ceremonies Commission encourages all Parade participants and spectators to attend our Memorial Day commemorative ceremony which takes place in the Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery at parade’s end.

A brief tour of the cemetery, led by one of the commissioners, precedes the formal ceremony which lasts about twenty minutes.

Monuments and Ceremonies Commission Chairman Dave Polett is master of ceremonies and will introduce speakeers.

The ceremony will open with an invocation from Monsignor Surwillo and the singing of our national anthem by the Tudor Singers under the able direction of Mr. Chris Andrade.

Darien High School teacher Matt Pavia, co-author along with his father, Tony Pavia, of An American Town and the Vietnam War, will be our speaker.

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson will then read the names of Darien’s 92 servicemen who lost their lives in defense of our country in all conflicts from the Civil War on.

An honor guard unit from VFW Post 6933 will discharge three volleys to salute their fallen comrades, followed by echo Taps and a concluding prayer.

It has been said by many senior-citizens and veterans our Parade and Ceremony is a throwback to the time-honored events they recall from their younger days.

Come once, and you’ll remember it forever.

Ceremony Program

Image from the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission

Memorial Day 2019 program, page 1

From the Memorial Day 2019 program

 

Here’s the excerpt of page 2 of the program (just above) as a PDF file

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