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Step Lively for Memorial Day Parade

One of the most festive occasions in Fairfield is rapidly approaching – Memorial Day and the town's annual parade.

The parade, on Monday, May 31, will commence at 10 a.m. from the corner of Post and South Pine Creek roads and proceed past the Town Green to beyond South Benson Road to disband. The parade chairman is Joseph Lebinski, commander of American Legion Post 74.

The marchers, both young and the young at heart, will include a dozen bands, perhaps as many floats, students from the town’s elementary, middle and high schools, active military personnel, U.S. Army reservists, veterans from several American Legion posts, the town selectmen, Special Olympians and many civic and fraternal organizations.

Following ceremonies on the Town Green, Chaplain Frank E. Wismer III, a retired U.S. Army colonel, will give the Memorial Day address at American Legion Post 74 on Reef Road. The day’s theme: “Our brave men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan who answered the call, will never be forgotten for giving their all.”

Sofia Filan, a student at Fairfield Warde High School, will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. The Rev. Dr. Edward Duffy of First Presbyterian Church will perform the invocation, and Msgr. Blasé M. Gintoli of Our Lady of the Assumption Church will give the benediction.

There is no rain date. According to parade secretary Betsy Browne, cancellation will be announced at 6:15 a.m. on WICC-AM radio, Cablevision 12 and Channel 8-WTNH.

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