Itâ€™s about more than picnics and sales. Area residents can mark Memorial Day and the sacrifice of those who died while serving in the military the traditional way with a variety of parades designed to delight spectators and pay homage to the solemn holiday.
nâ€ŠThe Forestville Memorial Day parade will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. The parade starts in Forestville Center, proceeds up Church Avenue to Washington Street and down Central Street. The rain date is Monday at 2 p.m.
nâ€ŠThe Bristol Memorial Day Procession will kick off Monday at 9 a.m. starting from Race Street, proceeding down North Main St., to the Boulevard.
There will be a ceremony after the procession. There will also be a meal for veterans held at the American Legion Seicheprey Post 2 at 22 Hooker Court after the ceremony. To attend the meal, call Tim Gamache at 860-977-2152.
nâ€Šâ€ŠPlainvilleâ€™s Memorial Day parade is stepping off from the corner of Whiting Street and Broad Street at 9 a.m. Monday. The parade will go west on Broad Street, then turn north onto Washington Street., east on West Main Street., east on East Street, south onto Crown Street, then right onto Maple Street, left onto Whiting Street and then it will end by the Post Office. These streets will be closed down by 8:15 a.m. Members of the local veterans council will be the parade marshals.
A ceremony will take place 15 minutes after the parade. Children from local middle schools and elementary schools will be reading winning essays on â€śwhat Memorial Day means to me.â€ť Rep. Bill Petit will also speak. Following the ceremony, a wreath ceremony will be held at the monuments at Veterans Park.
Prior to the parade, a flag raising will be held at the Plainville VFW at 6:30 a.m. A procession will then head to St. Joseph Cemetery for a wreath laying. From there, the procession will head to West Cemetery and then the East Street Burial Grounds for wreath laying ceremonies.
nâ€Šâ€Šâ€ŠSouthingtonâ€™s Memorial Day parade is stepping off from the rear parking lot of Derynoski School on Eden Ave. at 10:30 a.m. Monday and then they will end at the town green in front of the American Legion, where a Memorial Day ceremony will be held. Liberty Street and Eden Ave. are closing and detours will be in place about an hour before the parade.
nâ€Šâ€Šâ€ŠThe Terryville Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Fire Department headquarters on Harwinton Avenue and ending at Baldwin Green on Main Street (Route 6). While Plymouth used to have two Memorial parades, one for Terryville and one for Plymouth Center, this will be the only parade for the Town of Plymouth during Memorial Weekend.
nâ€Šâ€Šâ€ŠNew Britainâ€™s Memorial Day Services honoring all veterans and members of the military both past and present will start tonight at 6 p.m. at the Fairview Cemetery Veterans Section, the back part of the cemetery if entering from Smalley Street followed by a reception at St. Jeanâ€™s. Services will be held at New Britainâ€™s Memorial monuments on May 30, between 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
As in years past, New Britainâ€™s Memorial Day parade takes place on May 30, the original date of Memorial Day. The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. on Broad Street and continues to the center of downtown on Main Street.
nâ€Šâ€Šâ€ŠBerlin residents can watch the Veteransâ€™ Commission Memorial Day Parade, which was moved to May 26 with a rain date of May 28, after three of the last four events forced it indoors. A fly-over by the Air Force C-130 plane will take place during the parade.
Starting at 9 a.m. at St. Paulâ€™s Church on Peck Street, the parade runs down Farmington Avenue and turns left on Massirio Drive, ending at the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park were a ceremony with an invocation, benediction and musical performances will be held.
nâ€Šâ€Šâ€ŠThe Newington Memorial Day Parade is stepping off Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Main St. and East Robbins Ave. The route continues 1.5 miles north through the center of Newington. Marchers will head west on Garfield St. to disperse at Mill Pond Park in front of Town Hall.
Following the parade people are invited to attend the Ceremony of Roses in the Town Hall lobby. Boy and Girl Scouts will join members of the Newington Kiwanis Club reading the names of the 30 residents killed in military combat and carrying roses to the monument outside. The Singing Seniors will perform and the Newington High School Band will play Taps. The 2018 Parade Grand Marshal is Patrick Montes of Newington, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran of the CT Army National Guard.