HARTFORD Conn. (WTNH) — One of the biggest salutes to veterans in the country, the largest veterans parade in New England is taking place on a new route Sunday morning with thousands of marchers, veterans and spectators.
Jack G. Casey Jr., a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran and Laura Soll, the communication director for the parade stopped by our station to talk about the parade and the new route. More than three thousands marchers are expected to be at the parade, most of them are veterans.
Parade officials say there is a new parade route Sunday that will go showcase Bushnell Park. The shorter route will focus on area around Hartford’s historic Bushnell Park. As in the past, it will step off at the intersection of Buckingham and Washington Streets near the State Capitol Building, and march North up Trinity Street. But this year, will turn right onto Jewell Street, then right onto Wells Street, passing through Pulaski Circle and past Elm Street, then finally turning right onto Hudson Street where it will end at Capital Avenue. Assembly area for marchers is in the same location as past years.
The new parade reviewing stand location at the intersection of Pulaski Circle and Elm Street near the Pump House Gallery in the park’s Southeast corner.
Chief Meteorologist Gil Simmons is the emcee of the event.
Here is a list of the parade times for Sunday:
- 11:30 p.m. Wreath-Laying Ceremony to Remember Veterans at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch. Color Guard, band and bugler (will play Taps) from The First Company Governors Foot Guard, with CTDVA Commissioner Sean M. Connolly, the three 2016 Parade Marshals, and winner of Parade’s student essay contest 8th grader Rachel Coppinger of West Simsbury placing wreath.
- 12:30 p.m. Parade steps off near State Capitol Building at Buckingham and Washington Streets marches alongside Bushnell Park.
- 1:30 p.m. Moment of Silence – Parade stops in place to remember servicemen and women who gave their lives for freedom. Volunteers hold up Silence signs. At end of minute, National Anthem is sung, Hartford church bells toll, and a C-130H personnel and cargo transport aircraft from the Connecticut Air National Guard’s 103rd Airlift Wing will soar overhead.
For more information about the parade you can head to the website.