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.