Towns and cities across Connecticut will honor men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces with Memorial Day celebrations this weekend. From parades, memorial services, concerts and more, here’s a roundup of what’s going on this Memorial Day weekend in Connecticut.
A public Memorial Day ceremony will be held Friday at noon, at the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial at 300 Capitol Ave. The granite memorial is in Hartford’s Minuteman Park on Capitol Ave. and Broad St., across from the William A. O’Neill State Armory and the Legislative Office Building.
The ceremony will feature speakers including Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and Maj. Gen. Francis J. Evon, Adjutant General of the Connecticut National Guard. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held inside the Legislative Office Building.
There are three events scheduled for Sunday. There are two wreath-laying ceremonies: The first is at 1 p.m., at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Long Wharf Drive. The second is at 3 p.m. at the World War Memorial Flagpole on the New Haven Green.
At 5 p.m. Orchestra New England will headline the free City of New Haven Memorial Day Family Concert at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent St., on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University.
The parade will start at 2 p.m. at the Nolan Field Sports Complex on Wakelee Avenue. The parade will end at the Big “Y” Supermarket at the corner of Main and West Main streets. There will be no parking on the parade route from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parade route will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A parade will step off from St. Paul’s parking lot on Peck Street in Kensington at 9 a.m. on Saturday It will end at the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park. In the event of rain, the Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday.
A ceremony will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Branford Green on Town Hall Drive. A parade will step off at 10:30 a.m., head west on Main Street to North Harbor Street, and return to the green.
The American Legion Post #209 and Forestville Village Association’s annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. A parade will follow at 2 p.m., stepping off on Central Street and will feature appearances by local high school marching bands, Bristol Police and Fire departments, floats, elected officials and veterans. The rain date is scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m.
The second annual Music Among the Memorials Concert will be Sunday at 2 p.m. The free live performance on the Memorial Boulevard will feature music from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War.
On Monday at 10 a.m., the Veterans Council and American Legion Post #209 will host a Memorial Day processional, which will begin on Hope Street. At the end of the procession, on Memorial Boulevard, a ceremony will honor over 15 World War II veterans with Bristol All Heart Awards.
A series of events will be held on the town hall lawn, located at 800 Bloomfield Ave., on Monday.
The Memorial Day 5K Road Race begins at 9:30 a.m. Registrations begin at 7:30 a.m. at Bloomfield Town Hall, 800 Bloomfield Ave. Pre-registration applications and fees may be sent to: Bloomfield Road Race c/o Leisure Service Dept., 330 Park Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002 or online at online at: http://www.lightboxreg.com/memorial-day-road-race_2019?mobile=0
At 10 a.m., there will be a ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery. A parade will step off at 11:30 a.m. from the corner of Barnard Lane and Bloomfield Avenue. The parade will end back at the town hall lawn on the corner of Park Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue. A post-parade ceremony will be held at noon on the town hall lawn.
The parade begins at 10 a.m., heading south on Dyer Ave. It will end at the Village Cemetery, where a memorial service will be held.
The town’s Memorial Day parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday in front of the Old Town Hall Museum.
A parade in the Farmington section of town will step off at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. The Unionville section of town will step off at 10:30 a.m. A short ceremony will be held at the Farmington Town Hall, 1 Monteith Dr., in front of the Veterans Memorial Monument at 12 p.m.
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the corner of Main and Welles Streets, proceed south on Main Street to Hubbard Street to the reviewing stand in front of the monuments on the Hubbard Green. In case of a severe rainstorm, the ceremony will be held at the Glastonbury High School Gymnasium, 330 Hubbard St.
A ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday and a parade will immediately follow. The parade route follows Boston Street to the town green.
The parade departs Hamden High School at 10 a.m. Monday on a route to the Memorial Town Hall.
The parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, at the Army & Navy Club, 1090 Main St. A ceremony honoring fallen service members will be held after the parade at Center Memorial Park on Main Street. If the parade is cancelled due to rain, the ceremony will be held in the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church, 745 Main St., at 11 a.m.
A flag planting ceremony is scheduled to be held at the state Veteran’s Cemetery on Bow Lane at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
On Monday, a parade down Main Street from the North End to the South Green kicks off at 10:30 a.m. There will be a ceremony on the green at 12 p.m. At 2 p.m. there will be a memorial service at the Veteran’s Cemetery on Bow Lane.
A ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery Veterans Section, Section 18, with a reception following at St. Jean’s Club at 209 Smalley St. In the event of severe rain or inclement weather, the cemetery services will be held indoors at St. Jean’s Hall at 6 p.m.
There will be a second series of services at the city’s memorial monuments on Thursday, May 30, between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Services include placing of wreaths on each memorial along with invocations, cadences, and taps.
The city’s Memorial Day parade will also be held on Thursday, May 30 at 6 p.m. The parade will begin at the top of Broad and Burritt streets and will disperse at Franklin Square in front of the courthouse.
A parade will step off from the corner of East Robbins and Main streets at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. A moment of silence and sounding of the fire siren marks the official start. This year’s honorary grand marshal is Wprld War II veteran Ed Skehan, who celebrated his 101st birthday in March. A Necrology Memorial Service at the Newington Park and Recreation Gymnasium at town hall immediately follows the parade.
On Monday, there will be a full naval ritual beginning with a rifle salute at the Saybrook Point Pavilion parking lot, located at the end of College Street, with a dockside Wreath Laying Ceremony on the Connecticut River at 9 a.m.
The parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Elm Street, toward the Veterans Memorial Monuments on the town green, where a ceremony will be held. Weather permitting, military flyovers are scheduled during the parade.
The parade departs High Plains Community Center at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, following a ceremony at the gazebo.
A parade will be held Monday and will will start Rocky Hill High School at 9:30 a.m. It will end at the Center Green. A ceremony at the Rocky Hill VFW, 3272 Main St., will follow.
Two parades will be held on Monday. The first will be at 9 a.m. in the Tariffville section at town. The second will be at 1 p.m. on Hopmeadow Street in downtown Simsbury.
A parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. on Monday from Derynoski Elementary School’s lower parking lot and will end at the town green. A ceremony honoring veterans will immediately follow the parade and will be held in front of the American Legion Home, 64 Main St. Southington’s veteran organizations will hold a joint flag raising ceremony following the parade at the Southington Care Center at 9 a.m.
The American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 and Marine Corps league will host 13 ceremonies across town Monday morning, between 7:30 and 9 a.m. For more information on locations and times, search for “American Legion Kiltonic Post 72” on Facebook.
The parade will be on held Monday beginning at 10 a.m. at the staging area on South Satellite Road. The parade will proceed into Veterans Memorial Park for a memorial ceremony. Parking is available on side streets and at Veterans Memorial Park.
A parade will step off 10 a.m. Monday from the corner of Woodrow Street and Farmington Avenue and will end at town hall. A Lockheed C-130 Hercules will fly over the parade route at about 10:35 a.m. The fly over is coordinated by the Connecticut Air National Guard, 103rd Unit from Bradley International Airport. A ceremony will immediately follow the parade at the local Veterans Memorial and will feature keynote speaker Capt. Joseph Sanborn, Connecticut’s coordinator of Wreaths Across America.
A parade will be held Saturday at 9 a.m., stepping off on State Street and ending at Marsh Street. At the conclusion of the parade, a ceremony will be held at the Village Cemetery on Marsh Street. Guest speakers and parade guests commemorate the day.
On Monday, a ceremony will be held at the Elm Grove Cemetery located in Poquonock beginning at 8 a.m., followed by a ceremony at Veteran’s Cemetery at 9 a.m. The Memorial Day Parade will proceed to Windsor Town Hall, via Poquonock Avenue, after the ceremony at Veteran’s Cemetery. A 10 a.m. ceremony at town hall will include a special flag ceremony performed by members of Boy Scout Troop 149.
In case of rain, there will be one ceremony in the town hall council chambers at 10 a.m.