Warm sunshine and festive energy in the air set the stage for the 2015 Old Greenwich Memorial Day parade.
This patriotic - and highly attended - event is organized annually by the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department - and they do it big! This year, participants marching in the parade numbered in the hundreds and represented a diverse cross-section of our local community including first responders, sports teams, volunteer firefighters, policemen, scouts, veterans groups, nonprofits, schools, local businesses and community organizations of all stripes
Classic cars, police motorcycles, fire trucks and Greenwich Emergency Medical Service vehicles made their way along the parade route amidst a backdrop of music, applause, and American flags of all sizes.
Candy, thrown by parade marchers, rained down on smiling spectators from Sound Beach Avenue, through Old Greenwich Center, along to Binney Park.
Photos by Pam Grunow (click any image for a larger view):
At the conclusion of the parade, a heartfelt ceremony was held in Binney Park to honor our veterans and reflect on service members who gave their lives in the mission to preserve our freedom. At the ceremony, a Convent of the Sacred Heart senior (and Miss Hockanum Valley 2015), Pippa Leigh, delivered her Connecticut District 1 ‘Voice of Democracy Contest’-winning speech, ‘Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future’.
‘As we speak, at any given moment in time, there are men and women out there standing up for our freedoms and relentlessly working towards justice for those in oppressed nations’ stated Leigh. ‘We owe our existence as a nation, and the existence of the lifestyle we live in the U.S., to these brave men and women...always making me proud to be an American.’
Photos by Mary Louise Chiappetta (click any image for a larger view):