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East Haven Memorial Day Ceremonies

East Haven will once again honor the nation and the town's war dead with a reflective Memorial Day ceremony on the Town Green.

The nation's official start of the summer season is now less than two weeks away: will take place this year on Monday, May 28.

And the East Haven Veteran's Council, in conjunction with the , said the town will continue the tradition of honoring the war dead with .

"Once again we look forward to commemorating this solemn occasion in a manner in tune with the spirit of the day," Jack Stacey, chairman of the veterans committee, stated in a town press release. "Memorial Day is truly the one day each year when the citizens of East Haven can take to those who sacrificed all in the name of freedom."

Mayor Maturo agreed.

“Memorial Day is and remains a day when we remember and honor all veterans, especially those who lost their lives fighting for our great nation. These patriots demonstrated the highest form of faith in our country and its ideals," Maturo stated in the release. "We must be sure that these ideals of freedom and democracy continue to be our highest priority."

Memorial Day Events

The day's events will begin with a procession from the American Legion Post 89 on Thompson Avenue to the . The procession is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

The Corvette Club of Connecticut will be providing vehicles for veterans who choose to ride, through their “Vets in Vettes” program.

In addition, the East Haven High School Symphonic Band will also be on hand during the ceremony.

The band, which will be stationed at the gazebo on the town green, will be performing a program of patriotic music starting at 11:30 a.m.

2012 Honored Veteran

At noon, Mayor Maturo — as well as other town officials and dignitaries — will honor East Haven’s 2012 Honored Veteran: Ernie Perno.

Following remarks, the veterans, color guard and guests will proceed to the war monuments where “Honors” will be rendered.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, residents are invited back to Post 89 for refreshments.

Lise Cavallaro May 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM
The ceremony on the Green is very nice, as I have attended in the past. However, I do miss the parade. I would love to see it brought back in the future and would be willing to help in some way.
Flowers May 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I always enjoyed the parade. It gave you a chance to see your friends, neighbors and kids as they passed by. Blumenthal always showed up and there was a nice ceremony on the green afterward. I heard that the parade was stopped because it was a lot of work, poorly attended and a distraction from the real purpose of the day. I must admit all those Corvettes were somewhat tedious and irrelevant. Go to this ceremony and honor those who served.
Sam Giglio May 16, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Your right Lise, The Ceremony is very nice, But the Parade gave a lot of pride to many folks in Town, Myself included as a Vet. Many of the Vets are older and comming up with the money was a big issue. Town workers on over time Police, Fireman and PW. not easy to pay this kind of money out. We should have a check off box on our Tax Bill when we pay them and make a donation for the Vets and the parade. This might be away to have it again one day. Save now for next year, just a thought.
Carole May 16, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Correction: The EHHS Symphonic Band is performing for the Ceremony.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Carole: Thank you for letting me know. I appreciate it. I'll make the change now!
Becki Pastor May 16, 2012 at 03:25 PM
And the EHHS Symphonic Band will be "in the gazebo" not the Marching Band though many of the musicians in the Symphonic Band are also in the Marching Band.
Krissy Montesanto May 16, 2012 at 03:54 PM
You are right, it is the EHHS Symphonic Band that is performing on the green on May 28th. The same students that play in the EHHS Marching Band also play in the Symphonic Band along with other students that only perform in the Symphonic Band. Both bands are amazing. So, please come and see them perform and let them amaze you.
Rosie May 16, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I miss the parade as well. That was my daughters first parade 22 years ago!! I still have the pics from then.
May God bless all who have served and those who are serving. May we as residents honor the work and devotion of our veterans and honor them not just one day a year but on a continual basis forever keeping them in our hearts and first in our minds for all they and their families have given to us so that we may enjoy the many liberties and freedoms that we as Americans enjoy.
Jack Stacey May 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
It seems like each year an explanation is needed regarding the Memorial Day Parade. As a member of the East Haven Veteran's Council and one of the organizers of the parade and now the festivities on the Green, let me say money had nothing to do with switching gears. Then Mayor Capone was willing to do whatever the vet's wanted. The veterans themselves made the decision. Our WW II vets were and are aging and the distance was too great. Let me also say that the parade attendance was never great, with the exception of a couple of blocks, primarily from Town Hall to the Green, there were very few residents watching. For the past several years we have gotten larger crowds on the Green, to listen to what is the true meaning of the day, then we ever had. Finally let me say that whoever has been in Town Hall has always worked with the Veteran's Council and showed the upmost respect and dignity for the day. Hope to see all of you on the Green, May 28th, 12;00 Noon.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler May 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM
We'll be there, Mr. Stacey. Thank you for the refresher on why the tradition here changed. Those of us who attended and participated in the Memorial Day Parade, certainly always appreciated and respected it. And, many of us fully understand the work and effort that goes into an event like it. Sometimes, it's hard to adjust to changes. This shouldn't be a hard adjustment. It's nice to hear the honors and show respect, the way it's done now, though. It's a stepping point for us to discuss some history with our kids. Much appreciated. We will honor the day, along with all of you, this year. It's a fitting tribute to those who have served.
Ann Della Camera May 17, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Having met many of the Vet's from WW II and after at the American Legion Post 89, I am so happy they will be honored. The Bingo caller Joe, will be 90 years old in August, I salute him and all the fine vets that help out with the Bingo, to which money goes to help other vets, I know I will be there, to say Thank You, for serving Our country with such great honor.
Sam Giglio May 17, 2012 at 08:49 AM
Jack Stacy is so right about the Memorial Day Parade, Yes we all get excited watching a Parade all the little ones enjoy it so much. But as Jack said the true meaning of this day is what it really means to the Vets. The Memorial is a remembance of so much given by so many to make this a great Nation so we can live our lives the way we do. Yes i to love the Parade, but this is a better way.
Lise Cavallaro May 17, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I don't think residents saying they miss the parade means they are having a hard time adjusting.
Rosie May 17, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I agree, Lise. I certainly didn't mean any disrespect. I have many veterans in my family, as well as friends, some still serving our country now. And I don't know anyone who is more patriotic than my husband. We have always taught our children to respect our veterans, our flag and our country. I was just stating that I always enjoyed the parade, as did my entire family. And I also enjoy the ceremony on the green. I have no problem adjusting to change. It was just my sentiments.
Lise Cavallaro May 17, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I know Rosie, it seems you can't voice a thought or an opinion on here lately without a commentary.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler May 17, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I'm sorry ladies. I don't believe my statement above was directed at either of you. I do know that many people keep asking about the parade. Not just on the Patch. And, sometimes, for some people...change is hard to accept. Please don't take my comment so personally. I certainly never questioned either of you in your level of patriotism. Look forward to seeing many fellow townspeople at the ceremony.
Becki Pastor May 17, 2012 at 06:34 PM
here here!!

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