On Monday, May 28th at 10AM, the 96th Old Greenwich Memorial Day parade (hosted by the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Company) brought the community together out into the fresh late-spring air and served the honorable purpose of reminding us all that the true duty of Americans on this day of reflection and gratitude is to honor, in meaningful remembrance, the many service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The parade route marched past hundreds of enthusiastic spectators along Sound Beach Avenue - and ultimately ending in Binney Park for a memorial ceremony to honor veterans from the Town of Greenwich that have served in the military.
The marchers were both young (Cub Scouts, Girl Scout Troops, youth sports participants and cheer teams) and older (Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department to the Greenwich Garden Club) - and they all donned their best "Red, White and Blue" for the event to commemorate and honor those that have served our country.
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There were also classic cars, motorcycles, fire trucks elected officials, civic organizations, and a very many flags providing color and helping to raise the patriotic pride of the town to fever pitch levels - even against the backdrop of an otherwise cool and cloudy day.
At the Binney Park ceremony the Gettysburg Address was read, and speaker Rob Robben solemnly read the names of Greenwich residents who were taken from us over the course of 8 wars - as patriotic music performed by The Sound Beach Community Band and the Old Greenwich School Choir struck an appropriate tone for the day.
Photos by Pam Grunow.