PHOTOS: Naugatuck Memorial Day 2012

The parade and ceremony honoring the veterans and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

The sun shined bright during this year's Memorial Day parade in Naugatuck on Monday.

Burgess Robert Burns was this year's parade grand marshal. He traveled at the front of the parade alongside his wife, Phyllis.

Several organizations participated in the parade, including groups focused on supporting veterans.

See our photos of the parade above and add your own to the gallery!

Eileen Coyle May 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Thank you for includingn so many photos, on behalf of the parents in town - we really appreciate it!
no name May 29, 2012 at 12:29 AM
the parade was a waste of time. they stopped every 5 mins. then when the NHS came thru they stayed still for 20 mins. rediculos never go again
Kelly Walsh May 29, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Remember that we honor and remember those who have made sacrifices for our freedom today. For my veteran husband, brother, grandfather, and friends. Thank you! Therefore the parade was worth every minute of my American time.
Dan Dudley May 29, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Mr. No Name misses the point, the parade today was not about him, it was to honor our Veterans.
Wendy Murphy May 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Really? Then I hope next year you volunteer to go to the VFW or some other organization that supports the Veterans and make them lunch after they "wasted" their time all morning, to remind us what Memorial Day is all about.
citizen May 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Really? I thought It was a great parade and a great honor to our veterans. This is one of the best parades around and to me, the most patriotic anywhere. When the start of the parade meets the grandstand, there is a ceremony in the front of town hall, that's why it stops. Thanks for the great pictures!
Don Carten May 29, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Have you ever noticed that those who leave negative comments on Patch rarely use their real name? When you submit a "letter to the editor" to a print newspaper they require you to give your name, address and contact information so they can verify your identity. Perhaps Patch should require the same. I respond quite often (some may say too often) to stories on Patch and I have never failed to use my real name. I feel that if I want to make my opinion known I should have the courage to stand behind it.
Anna P. May 29, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Ron, It would be nice if you ALSO did an article with photos of the Mermorial Services which began at 5:30 AM on them Green. The parade is nice, early morning activities are a solemn ceremony which honors our Veterans. If the Mayor can get up early in the morning to pay his respects to our Veterans, perhaps so can our Patch reporter?
Fran Lawlor May 29, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Really Anna? I think the photo coverage does a excellent job covering the story. About the only thing you can real do article wise was maybe interview the grand marshall or some dignitaries. There are way to many Vets to get all of them the honor they deserve of telling their story. And not for anything, some Vets I know will not talk about their service time. As for the early morning services, I am a proud resident for 36 years in this town. Was born in this town and had family who served in the Armed forces from this town and never knew they had services before the parade. Would not have known that if it was for Chief Hanks telling a story the other night about Joe Rossi. It has now been made a part of my agenda for years to come. As for No name or too scared to put his name up whatever it is.....DOES IT MATTER? the stoppage gave the marchers a time to interact with the crowd, grab a water or in one case that I saw, gab some Italian ice. The parade was to HONOR our Veterans, not a speed through to say yup we were at a parade. I personally don't care if it took all day because they gave their life or risked it for this country, the least I can do is show appreciation and thanks, no matter how long it takes!
pam neves-loureiro May 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
great job.. we had a blast . i want to thank everyone who helped me with flat stanely. my best friend sent to me for her church.. thanks everyone
Lauren May 30, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I never miss the parade, but I did miss having the jets fly over. Where were they anyone???? Memorial Day is not a 'happy' day, it's a day of rememberance for those who have served, are serving & died while serving our country to protect our freedoms & security. My 88 yr. old grandpa came this year w/ his cane, proud as can be w/ his Navy hat on. Bless him for serving in the S. Pacific in WWII. He is my hero & it was a day to honor him & all of our service men & woman. It's NEVER a waste of time. If you feel that way, keep your unpatriotic self home!!!!!
Dan Dudley May 30, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Lauren, It is people like you and your Grandad that I and others march to honor. God bless you and God save our troops! Dan Dudley, Rogers Rangers
Fran Lawlor May 30, 2012 at 02:35 AM
It's been a couple of years since the jets flew over. They stopped when Gov. Rell moved them out and they are stationed in Mass..
Lynn May 30, 2012 at 03:07 AM
The jets flying over were sooo moving (I can imagine how our vets felt) and they def did fly after Gov Rell was out of office.... I thought they did not fly lately due to fuel prices!!!
Lou Butch May 30, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Nice photo of Stanley with Mr. & Mrs. Burns. Just wondering where he rented the uniform from? He didn't serve..
Joseph Savarese May 30, 2012 at 08:15 AM
You have two future choices "no name": 1. Organize the parade. 2. Don't go. Memorial Day is a day of observance for our Vets, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Too bad you were so inconvenienced. Obviously. you never had to put you ass on the line so others could enjoy their freedoms. Ah, your sense of entitlement. The parade is for you.
Joseph Savarese May 30, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Nice reply, Fran. Spot on.
pam neves-loureiro May 30, 2012 at 08:35 PM
flat stanely didnt have a uniform on..
BJ Forlenzo May 30, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Thank you, Fran! Perfect reply!
Mick June 03, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Marcia Puc June 04, 2012 at 12:50 PM
It is a great parade. not one complaint from our cub scouts (all under age 10) who marched from union city to the green -- they didn't mind the walk, the heat or "wasting their time" while the ceremony took place. They are young children and they get it. Too bad some adults don't. it's a day that's about more than ourselves. @ Don Carten -- couldn't agree more with your comments!
brutus June 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I agree with the sentiments made in most of the comments here, but not to take anything away from our vets - after all, we should honor them EVERY day, not just on holidays - it's shocking how many people don't know what memorial day is. memorial day is not to honor our vets, or those currently serving. it is to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice by dying to preserve our freedoms. Veterans Day, on the other hand, is for our vets. it may seem like a technicality, but Memorial Day is intended to be a day of reverence. a parade with veterans participating is a great way to honor the memory of those we lost, but the parade is not for the vets - and I would guess they would be the first ones to say so.


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