Memorial Day parades, events

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Today is Memorial Day, a time to remember the men and women of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice. Cities and towns around the state are celebrating with parades and events.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has directed flags to be at half-staff from dawn until dusk today.

News 8’s Noelle Gardner was at the West Haven parade where she says hundreds of people gathered to celebrate. There were four marching bands, two of them were from local schools.

Folks there also saluted Grand Marshal Joseph Weber, an Air Force vet of the Korean War. The community gathered to honor the fallen heroes who defended our country and freedom.

“I wanted to show them the fact that it wasn’t as beautiful as it is right now and we should be grateful and happy that we can live a nice life right now and the freedom,” said Jolinta Fekieta, West Haven resident.

“It is very important to be here today coming out here today, see how my father died last Monday. He was in World War II, part of the Navy. I would like to dedicate today’s parade to him,” said Bob Mikenis, West Haven resident .

Among the other parades that happened today:

  • Westport — begins at 9 a.m.
  • East Hampton — 9 a.m.
  • Norwalk — 9:45 a.m.
  • North Branford — 10 a.m.
  • Middletown — 10 a.m.
  • West Haven — 10:30 a.m.
  • Bloomfield — 1130 a.m.

The Town of Berlin Memorial Day Parade was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Other events included a tribute to Civil War soldiers at Mystic Seaport, and a Family Picnic at the Fairfield Museum after the Fairfield town parade.

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