BERLIN - The Berlin Veterans Commission has thanked all participants in and spectators of its Memorial Day parade, held on Saturday, May 26.
In a press release, the commission stated:
“The weather finally cooperated, and we had a beautiful day. It was such a tribute to all the marchers, especially the veterans, to see Farmington Avenue lined with so many of our citizens and applauding them.
“We could not do this without the help of the following groups:
“The Berlin PD, their Honor Guard, and Traffic Officer Thomas Bobok.
“Mayor Kaczynski and the Berlin Town Council.
“The four Volunteer Fire Departments (Berlin, Kensington, East Berlin, South Kensington).
“The Berlin High School and McGee Middle School bands, as well as the Berlin High School chorus and Trumpeters.
“The employees of the Public Grounds, (Steve Wood and crew), Highway Department and Building Maintenance Department.
“Tom Chesery for forming and organizing the parade.
“Our guest speaker, Thomas J. Saadi, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, who gave a very inspirational speech.
“Ellen McCue, store manager of Stop & Shop for donating all the refreshments at the American Legion Post 68 after the ceremony.
All the participants who marched, making this one of the largest Memorial Day Parades in Berlin.”
“We thank all of you who participated and also our residents who cheered our marchers on,” the release concluded. “We hope to see everyone next year.”
This year, the commission moved the parade to the Saturday before Memorial Day, as it had been rained out three of the last four years, when it was held on the Monday on which the holiday is observed.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.