Memorial Day Parades in and near Fairfield County
2018 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 20, 2018
- Bethel’s Annual Memorial Day Parade (unverified 2018) 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, the Bethel Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating the birthday of their most revered and oldest piece of apparatus in their department, the hand pulled pumper known as “Old Forgotten”. They will have food and refreshments as well as tours of the firehouse, other apparatus, and their recently re-opened Bethel Fire Museum. In addition, they are looking for volunteers and new members.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
- Sherman's Memorial Day Parade (unverified 2018) will start at Judds Corner at 1 pm (Spring Lake Road and Route 39 North). Parade ends at Veterans Field.
- Stamford's (unverified 2018) Memorial Day parade will march down Summer Street, beginning at noon.
Monday, May 28, 2018
- Danbury's (unverified 2018) Memorial Day Parade will start at 6:30 am. Starting at St. Joseph's Church, wreath laying following church services.
- New Canaan's Memorial Day (unverified 2018) parade will start at 9:30 am in downtown New Canaan. The theme of our Parade is ‘To remember with gratitude and honor the proud men and women who gave their lives while serving in the US Armed Forces to protect and preserve a life of freedom for all Americans’.
- Oxford's (unverified 2018) Memorial Day parade begins at 11 a.m.
- Roxbury (unverified 2018)(860) 354-9938; 10am on Memorial Day
- Wilton's- (unverified 2018)The parade steps off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, 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.
- Wolcott's Memorial Day Parade (unverified 2018)will begin at 6:00pm from St. Pius Church on Woodtick Rd.
If you know of other Memorial Day Celebrations in the Fairfield County area, please email me and I will add them to this list.
Check out some of the stories and thoughts of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who is credited with holding the Union position at Little Round Top at Gettysburg, and was an eloquent professor of rhetoric from Maine besides.
Or read about Robert G. Shaw, who was the 26-year-old commander of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the first black regiment of the Civil War. Matthew Broderick starred as Colonel Shaw in the 1989 film about the regiment, Glory, which also featured Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.
You could also discuss with them the patriot Nathan Hale, who was the first American captured and executed for spying on the British during the Revolutionary war. He is the originator of the often-repeated "I only regret I have but one life to lose for my country."
For a bit more recent history, you might show your children the famous picture of Strank, Block, Sousley, and their comrades taken just before these three died on Iwo Jima, and talk about what it means.
Or, you might stick with the incomparable words of Lincoln on the topic, so that your children understand that indeed, the heroes we honor on Memorial day have done much more than their share, and that it is "for us the living,...to be dedicated....to the great work which they who fought ...have thus far so nobly advanced."