Letter: Monuments and Ceremonies Commission Thanks Memorial Day Participants

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To the editor:

The Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission would like to thank all who participated in the Memorial Day Ceremony at Spring Grove Veteran’s Cemetery. These include the Rev. Monsignor Edward R Surwilo for his always inspiring Invocation and Benediction, and our Grand Marshal Patricia Parlette for her shining example of positive thinking and good cheer. Bruce Sargent for the loan of his pristine 1953 Packard Caribbean convertible to drive Ms. Parlette down the Post Road. Our speaker, Matt Pavia, delivered a wonderful speech which served to make relevant the sacrifices made by those who died for our country. Rhea Bhat, senior girl scout and Tate Hanson, senior patrol leader of the Boy Scouts presented the Gettysburg Address and General Logan’s Order No.

Police Memorial Day Ceremonies 2017

Memorial Day Handbook: Traffic and Parking

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An announcement about traffic and parking regulations for Darien’s downtown Memorial Day Parade 2019 from Darien police:

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The Town of Darien Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019.  Traffic detours and restrictions will be in effect at some locations beginning at 8 a.m.
The Darien Police Department will be deploying additional assets to the parade.  As a safety precaution, spectators are asked to avoid bringing backpacks or large bags to the event. Your Memorial Day Handbook 2019
— You can watch the parade and ceremony ONLINE, starting at 10 a.m., here. Marching Order, Program Agenda
About Grand Marshal Pat Parlette
Speaker Matt Pavia
Enjoy the Darien EMS-Post 53 Food Fair

The Route
The parade will step off from Goodwives Shopping Center on Old Kings Highway North at 10 a.m., proceeding up Brookside Road and turning left onto Post road.

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. Traffic and Parking
About Grand Marshal Pat Parlette
Speaker Matt Pavia
Enjoy the Darien EMS-Post 53 Food Fair

Parade Order

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

Co. A- 192nd Engineer Battalion

Division 2 Leader
Lucy Berry

Veterans Affairs City of Bridgeport

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

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.

Memorial Day Handbook: About Grand Marshal Pat Parlette

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Patricia Parlette, a lifelong Darien resident and former member of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Darien Memorial Day Parade. — an announcement from the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission

In the 1943 Memorial Day Parade, Pat led the Darien High School Band as the first female Drum Major, so serving as the 2019 Grand Marshal brings her full circle to the Parade 76 years later. Pat graduated from Darien High School in 1943, and from Greenwich Hospital as a registered nurse in 1946. Part of her training as a student nurse was spent at Yale where she learned special care for polio victims living in iron lungs. Although her father, Oliver served in WWI, Pat was personally introduced to the military when she worked at the Tripler Military Hospital in Hawaii caring for polio patients.

Actual 2019 photo Post 53 Food Fair

Here’s Where to Get Tickets for Darien EMS-Post 53 Memorial Day Food Fair

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Darien EMS-Post 53 announced it will begin pre-selling admission tickets for its annual Memorial Day Food Fair outside select stores and restaurants starting May 10. — an announcement from Darien EMS-Post 53
“Make this annual Darien tradition a breeze when you arrive following the parade with your tickets in hand! No waiting in line. Get right to the fun!” said Gayle Close, co-chair of ticket sales for the Post 53 Food Fair. “Thanks to select local retailers, tickets to the Fair will be on sale over the next few weeks,” Close said.