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Memorial Day Handbook: Speaker Matt Pavia

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Darien High School teacher Matt Pavia will be the Memorial Day 2019 speaker on Monday, May 27 in the ceremony after the parade. Here’s the announcement from the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission:

Darien is fortunate to have Matt Pavia, well-known educator and author as the Speaker during the ceremony to be held at Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery following the May 27th, 2019 Darien Memorial Day Parade. Matt is a native of Stamford and has taught American Studies and English at Darien High School since 2003. He holds degrees in English Literature, Education and Educational Leadership, and is currently working on a Master’s in American Studies. Matt and his father, Tony Pavia, are co-authors of “An American Town and the Vietnam War,” published in 2018 by McFarland & Co.

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Grand Marshal, Speaker Announced for This Year’s Darien Memorial Parade and Ceremony

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This year’s Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal will be Darien resident Pat Parlette, and the speaker at the day’s annual ceremony will be Matt Pavia, a Darien High School teacher and author, the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission has announced. The commission also announced that organizations and groups participating or wishing to participate in the parade on May 27 need to update their contact information with the commission. Pat Parlette and Matt Pavia
Pat Parlette, now in her 90s is a longtime town resident who has been an active volunteer in several town organizations. She’s also no stranger to Darien events involving veterans. In 1943, as the first girl drum major in the Darien High School band, she was part of the band’s salute to departing World War II recruits at Darien railroad station.

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Meet the Authors: Matt and Tony Pavia at Darien Library

Please join us in welcoming Matt Pavia and Tony Pavia, authors of An American Town and the Vietnam War: Stories of Service from Stamford, Connecticut. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Barrett Bookstore and refreshments will be served. About the Book
Hundreds of young Americans from the town of Stamford, Connecticut, fought in the Vietnam War. These men and women came from all corners of the town. They were white and black, poor and wealthy.

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DHS Teacher Matt Pavia and Father, Tony Pavia, to Talk About Their New Book on Stamfordites in the Vietnam War

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Matt Pavia, a Darien High School teacher, and his father, Tony Pavia, co-authors of An American Town and the Vietnam War, will talk about the book and sign copies of it at Darien Library this Wednesday evening. An American Town and the Vietnam War tells the story of the Vietnam War as it was experienced by the young men and women from one “all-American” community of Stamford who left home to serve. — an announcement from the authors

The book is also about the families who carried on at home waiting for the return of their loved ones. It also honors the memory of the 29 young men from Stamford who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The men and women from Stamford who served in America’s most controversial and misunderstood war came from all corners of town and represented the full spectrum of the nation’s diversity.