Memorial Day parade steps off at new time this year

Trumbull’s Memorial Day parade kicks off a few hours earlier this year, starting at 10 a.m. in front of Marisa’s Ristorante.

First Selectman Timothy M. Herbst along with American Legion Post 141 and VFW Post 10059 have completed plans for the upcoming Memorial Day parade, Monday, May 27.

“Our parade is an event made possible by the partnership of our town’s Veterans organizations, in conjunction with our town departments, a cadre of resident volunteers, youth and civic organizations, and performing marching bands,” said the first selectman. “We hope the community will come out in full force this year in honoring those that serve our nation.”

The day begins with a ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial on White Plains Road at 7:30 a.m. The Memorial Day ceremony on the Town Hall Green will begin at 8:30 a.m. honoring deceased veterans from all wars.

The grand marshal for the parade, Lt. Col. Charles Anderson, will be the guest speaker. Anderson is commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, 169th Regional Training Institute, of the Connecticut Army National Guard. He served in Afghanistan, where he earned a Combat/Infantryman’s Badge (CAB), a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat with the enemy.

The winning theme this year, submitted by Jason Wegiel of Frenchtown School, is “Honoring the Ultimate Sacrifice.” Jason will be marching in the parade with the grand marshal.

Also marching in the parade will be Trumbull High School’s Golden Eagle Marching Band and the Madison Middle School and Hillcrest Middle School bands. Local dignitaries, civic organizations, fire companies, Scouts and sports leagues will provide marching units. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Route 111 (in front of Marisa’s) and proceed to the Town Hall.

All scouting troops, as well as sports leagues, must be in uniform in order to march this year. Each group will be asked to have appropriate standard bearers identifying individual units or sections. All groups will assemble at the parking lot in front of Marisa’s.

To avoid injuries to participants and spectators, the Memorial Day Parade Committee and the Police Department are informing all participants marching or on floats that there is absolutely no throwing of candy, beads or any objects to the observers, nor should observers throw any items to the marchers or float participants.

In the event the parade is canceled because of inclement weather, an announcement will be made on WICC 600 AM and WEBE 107.9 FM radio prior to 6 a.m. If the parade is canceled, the memorial service will be held in the Council Chambers of Town Hall. Herbst said he is looking forward to another memorable parade as first selectman and he hopes it will again be as successful as in past years. Committee members said they look forward to the patriotic feelings, soaring flags, and heartfelt prayers for service members and the wish for peace around the world.

Parade Assembly

Red Division: Trumbull Police Department; Banner with theme “Honoring the Ultimate Sacrifice” Jason Wegiel (theme contest winner); Grand Marshall, Lt. Col. Charles Anderson Mrs. Gillian Anderson and Abigail Anderson; Trumbull High School band; VFW Post 10059; American Legion Post 141; Veterans’s cars (8 Convertible Cars); Government dignitaries, state Sen. Anthony Musto, state Reps. Anthony T. Hwang, 134th District. David Rutigliano, 123rd District. Honorable T.R. Rowe Probate Judge.

White Division: Madison Middle School Marching band; Frenchtown School; Brownie Troop 36197; Girl Scout Troop 36275; Girl Scout Troop 36457; Tashua School,Convertible for Mascot; Daisy Troop 35210; Daisy Troop 35198; Brownie Troop 35295; Jane Ryan School; Brownie Troop 35176; Brownie Troop 35466; Girl Scout Troop 35018; Girl Scout Troop 35140; Daniels Farm School; Daisy Troop 36465, Girl Scout Troop 36454; Cub Scout Pack 261; Trumbull Community Women; Daisy Troop 35144; Brownie Troop 36450; Brownie Troop 36023; Brownie Troop 36462; Girl Scout Troop 35080; Girl Scout Troop 36459; Girl Scout Troop 36085; Girl Scout Troop 36482; Girl Scout Troop 36116; Girl Scout Troop 35417; Girl Scout Troop 36452; Girl Scout Troop 36458; Cub Scout Pack 468; Boy Scout Troop 65; Boy Scout Troop 68; Cub Scout Pack 167; Cub Scout Pack 64; Boy Scout Troop 67.

Blue Division: Hillcrest Middle School Marching Band, Trumbull Little League, Trumbull AYSO Soccer Club, Pyramid Temple Little Wheels, Pyramid Temple Snowmobile; 1972 fire truck; Trumbull EMS; Fire Department Trucks; Police Explorers; Final Police car.