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Schedule Set for Naugatuck Memorial Day Parade [UPDATED]

One of the largest parades in the state steps off Monday morning.

Patch File Photo
Patch File Photo
Naugatuck’s annual Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday morning, beginning at St. Mary’s Church at 9:15 a.m. and winding through the city streets to end at Town Hall.

Memorial Day ceremonies begin at 5:15 a.m. on the Naugatuck Green, where local veterans will be meeting before holding rifle salutes at various memorials and cemeteries around town.



Later that morning, World War II veteran and Naugatuck resident Charles Roland will lead the parade as Grand Marshal, with contingents of the Connecticut National Guard, Military Intelligence Battalion and two Civil War reenactment groups.



Parade marchers will gather in the parking lot at St. Mary’s, on North Main Street in Union City, by 8:30 a.m.



A remembrance ceremony will be held at the end of the parade route, with local veterans and representatives from Town Hall.

VFW Post 1946 will also be hosting an open house, with the canteen opening after the parade.

Before Memorial Day officially begins, local veterans will be gathering at American Legion Post 17 at 10 a.m. Sunday for a special Memorial Service.
SILENT WOLF May 21, 2014 at 09:27 AM
I hope to see a record attendance not just for the parade ,but especially for the remembrance which takes place at the gazebo. Year after year people disperse immediately after the parade and never stay to the end .Wouldn't it be awesome if the grass area around the gazebo were filled with people there to attend ,to stay and listen . If people cannot commit themselves for one hour after the parade to show appreciation for our present and fallen soldiers ,I say that pathetic..LET US NOT FORGET OUR NATION FIGHTING MEN .... SEE YOU ALL THERE ....
Sharee Dionne May 21, 2014 at 02:00 PM
I'm coming to my hometown from out of state just to see the parade to bring back memories to my kids when I was younger watching the parade..and now would like to pass that on to my kids I'll defiantly be there from this year forward
SILENT WOLF May 21, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Why are you defiant?
T. Smith May 22, 2014 at 06:44 AM
This article left me shocked: If I read this correctly the entire parade will be assembled in St. Mary's Church parking lot ?? You're kidding - in years' past the soccer teams and Little League teams assembled there to make up the last division of the parade.....everybody else assembled near the Union City Post Office and by Frank Buick. Has the parade shrunk THAT much ???? For years and years the Naugatuck Memorial Day Parade was THE LARGEST in the state. Apparently, no more. What happened? Can someone set me straight? Or is this just another poorly written article? Thank you.

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