Memorial Day Events and Parades in and near Fairfield County
2019 List of Memorial Day Parades in Fairfield County
Bethel, Ansonia, Brookfield, Greenwich, Milford, Rowayto, Sherman, Stamford, Woodbury, Danbury, Derby and Shelton, Fairfield, New Canaan, Oxford, Prospect, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Southbury, Trumbull, Westport, Wilton, Wolcott
Anyone can have a parade. Only Americans can have a parade to celebrate the greatest political achievements in history: establishing and repeatedly defending a country founded on the principle of individual liberty. Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day because it was a day on which the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated, was established in the years after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war. Today, it is a day of remembrance of all who have died in this country's service.
Bravery. Honor. In President Lincoln's famous words, giving the last full measure of devotion to the defense of freedom. These are difficult ideas to explain to children, but it is our responsibility as parents to do it.
Start by bringing your kids to the Memorial Day Parade in your town. During the parade, demonstrate for them the solemnity and gratitude due to the veterans who march past. Take off your hats as they go by. Explain to your kids why we show respect for the flag. With them, cheer for the bands and salute the men and women in our police and fire departments. Think about those currently serving our country in the military around the world, and, perhaps, reflect with your children about the gratitude we owe their courage. If you know parents with a child in the military, take a few minutes to find a way to convey your thanks.
Click here for a brief history of Memorial Day in the U.S., courtesy of the Waterloo, NY web site. Below the following list of dates and times for this year, we have compiled some other good links for those of you ambitious enough to explore further the meaning of Memorial Day.
Also note: If you are marching in a parade, line-up is usually about 1/2 hour before the start of the parade.
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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Bethel’s Annual Memorial Day Parade: The parade route starts at the Hub Shopping Center in Bethel making its way down Greenwood Ave to PT. Barnum Square, ending at School Street. At the conclusion of this year's Memorial Day parade, a ceremony with wreath laying, keynote speaker, and essay winner readings will take place on the steps of the Municipal Center by the Veterans Monument. Veterans and citizens will place wreaths at 12:15 by the monuments at PT Barnum Square and Center Cemetery.
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Monday, May 27, 2019
Danbury's Memorial Day Parade: Parade will start at 9:30 am. Following the Parade, a Ceremonial Service will be held at the Rose Memorial to honor our deceased veterans, everyone is invited.
New Canaan's Memorial Day: The parade steps off from St. Mark’s Church at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude with the ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery. The route is down Main Street.
Stamford Memorial Day Parade: (canceled for 2019), instead come down 5k run or walk followed by a Memorial Day Ceremony at Cummings Beach.
Wilton's: The parade steps off at 10 a.m. in Wilton Center with a memorial ceremony at Hillside Cemetery. In case of rain, the ceremony will take place at 10:30 at the Wilton Congregational Church. Preceding the parade will be the Kiwanis Club’s annual pancake breakfast at the church. (unverified 2019)
Wolcott's Memorial Day Parade: Will begin at 6:00pm. The Parade starts at St. Pius Church and ends at Woodtick Recreation Park.