Fallen heroes honored in Forestville's Memorial Day Parade

Published on Sunday, 29 May 2022 15:54
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


FORESTVILLE – Community groups, local families, veterans, active military personnel and many others came together Sunday to remember our nation’s heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The 2022 Memorial Day Parade began in downtown Forestville in front of 150 Central, marching up to Washington Street and then back down and into the Forestville Cemetery.

Seated in chairs perched along the sidewalk, the Murray family clapped and cheered as local Boy and Girl Scouts, youth athletes and honor guards marched past.

“We try to come to this every year, but it is very special this year because we have an active duty son with us who is home for the weekend,” Chris Murray said, smiling and fighting tears.

She and her husband Jay were proud to share the holiday with their son Jack and daughter-in-law Marina, both of whom are currently serving in the U.S. Navy.

“I was in the Bristol Eastern Marching Band for years and I marched in this parade,” Jack said. “Now serving it definitely gives you a different perspective.”

Bristol Mayor Jeffrey Caggiano was excited to be a part of the Forestville Memorial Day Parade tradition, which did not take place the last two years due to the ongoing pandemic.

“I think it’s great we have people coming out post-covid to honor those who unfortunately paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Caggiano said. “It’s something you never want to have to cancel.”

“Thank you for bringing the parade back!” a woman yelled towards the mayor as she passed.

One of the final groups to march in the procession was the Daughters of the American Revolution, Katherine Gaylord Chapter.

“We couldn’t ask for better weather today,” member Lee McFadden said, holding one end of the group’s banner.

On the other side was current Regent Deborah Dupre-Norris.

“Part of what we do is providing veterans services,” Norris pointed out. “Being here today is just a small token of acknowledging the veterans that are no longer with us, who have passed on. Memorial Day is not a barbecue day,” she added. “It is a day in honor of the men and women we have lost.”

The parade dissipated at the top of the cemetery, in front of an American flag and memorial.

American Legion Post 209 Commander Brian Avery waited for all participants to arrive before beginning a short ceremony.

BEHS student Ava LeBlanc played Taps on her trumpet and Andrew Howe laid a wreath beside the memorial before a prayer was recited.

“Thank you each and every one of you for coming today,” Avery said. “It is greatly appreciated. Have a safe weekend.”

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at edrzewiecki@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville, General News on Sunday, 29 May 2022 15:54. Updated: Sunday, 29 May 2022 15:57.