NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The North Haven community observed Memorial Day with a ceremony and a parade on Saturday. The town honored four veterans for being part of the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame. It was a day of solemn remembrance, and later, some fun.
The day started with a ceremony to honor the fallen veterans in town.
“There are times when I actually have tears in my eyes when I’m reading the names of the deceased members,” said Dan Riccio, one of the parade organizers and a veteran. “There’s a lot of them that I’ve known since I was a kid.”
North Haven’s annual parade followed. Families got there early. Many line the streets every year to watch.
“It’s just a nice way to celebrate the holiday and think about those that made it the holiday,” said Barbara Brockett of North Haven.
“It’s just nice for everybody to come together and be like a family. That’s how I look at it,” said Mary Borrelli, who took her grandson to watch the parade.
Together families watched as veterans, first responders and bands made their way through the town streets. There were nearly 2,000 marchers in all.
“We enjoy it very much,” said Riccio. “We love doing this. I just hope it continues when we’re gone.”
Though the parade is fun, veterans are hoping parade-goers and marchers remember what Memorial Day is all about.
“What it really shows is a community coming together to celebrate and to memorialize the veterans who have died over the years,” said Charlie Morrissey, the parade announcer and a veteran.
North Haven isn’t the only community having a parade this Memorial Day weekend. Many communities are having them on Sunday, including New Haven, Orange and Milford. Several are having them on Monday, including West Haven, East Haven and Madison.