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East Haven Memorial Day Parade to Honor Town, Nation's Veterans

This year, the town will honor William Heaney: an East Haven resident and a recipient of the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Wings, The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and three Presidential Unit citations.

East Haven Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 26. Credit: Julie Weisberg
East Haven Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 26. Credit: Julie Weisberg

The following is a press release from the East Haven Mayor's Office.

Once again this year on Memorial Day, May 26th, the East Haven Veteran’s Council in conjunction with Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. will honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

As Memorial Day remains a day when we remember and honor those veterans who lost their lives fighting for our great nation, The Town of East Haven will continue the tradition of honoring the war dead with ceremonies of a reflective tone.

In addition to Mayor Maturo, other Honored Veterans and Dignities, taking part in this year’s ceremonies will be Lieutenant General Raymond P. Palumbo, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) for Warfighter support.

Lt. Palumbo graduated from West Point in 1981 and during his prominent career has received the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal, to name a few. 

The ceremonies & remembrances will feature a procession from the American Legion Post 89 on Thompson Avenue to the East Haven Green. 

The procession is scheduled to step off at 11:30am, Monday May 26th, Memorial Day. 

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

The award winning East Haven High School Band will provide a program of patriotic music beginning at 11:30am at the gazebo on the Green. 

Beginning at noon, there will be remarks from Mayor Maturo and other dignitaries and the Town will honor William (Bill) Heaney, an East Haven resident, who is a member of the Viet Nam Veterans Association, Chapter 484 and the American Legion Post 89. 

Heaney joined the Army in 1966 and was deployed to Vietnam in 1967. 

Heaney was a recipient of the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Wings, The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and 3 Presidential Unit citations.

Following remarks, the Veterans, Color Guard and guests will proceed to the War Monuments and “Honors” will be rendered. 

All are invited back to Post 89 for refreshments following the ceremonies. 

Becki Pastor May 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM
FYI, Julie, the music will be the EHHS Symphonic Band, not the marching band.
Julie Weisberg May 18, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Thanks, Becki. This post is a press release from the Mayor's Office. So, I appreciate you clarifying which band is actually playing!

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