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Lineup of Memorial Day events in Greenwich

May 27, 2019

GREENWICH — Multiple events are planned for across Greenwich to mark Memorial Day throughout the long weekend, including several parades and ceremonies honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The weather is expected to cooperate this year, with the forecast calling for sunny skies and high temperatures in the 70s throughout the holiday weekend in town.

The events will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday as the Cos Cob Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10112 holds its annual Memorial Day ceremony by the monument in the park on Strickland Road across from the Bush-Holley House. The public is invited to attend the short ceremony.

The Byram Veterans Association’s parade will step off at 1 p.m. Sunday from its headquarters at 300 Delavan Ave. Participants will march along a route that ends at the Byram Shubert Library, where a brief ceremony will be held after the parade concludes.

Later Sunday, the Ninth District Veterans Association and the Glenville Volunteer Fire Company will host their annual parade and memorial service at 5 p.m. The parade route marches down the length of Glenville Street, starting at Walker Court and ending at the Glenville Volunteer Fire Station. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the station’s monument, which is made out of a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The volunteer fire company will hold a reception afterward at the station.

On Monday, Memorial Day, the American Legion Post 29 will hold its annual dockside observance ceremony at 8 a.m. at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club at 170 Steamboat Road.

Speakers at the solemn ceremony will include Post Commander Peter LeBeau, First Selectman Peter Tesei and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Jennifer Cassidy, who will deliver a keynote address about women in war. Cassidy, who was a public affairs officer, served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Greenwich’s Winona Mullis, a Navy veteran of World War II, will also be honored at the seaside ceremony, and the Byram Veterans Association will conduct a rifle salute.

In Byram, the veterans association will host a memorial service at 9 a.m. on the grounds of McKinney Terrace adjacent to the Hamill Skating Rink. That is the location of 13 plaques that memorialize students from Byram School who died in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Each plaque is placed next to a tree. The town just replaced one tree, which was damaged in a recent storm, next to the marker for the late Cpl. Donald Repaci.

At 10 a.m., the parade in Old Greenwich will begin marching along Sound Beach Avenue, heading for Binney Park for another ceremony.

At 1 p.m., the Chickahominy Reunion Association will hold its annual ceremony in Hamilton Avenue Veterans Park. First Selectman Peter Tesei is expected to speak. Lunch will be served, courtesy of Garden Catering. The association will honor one of its founding members, Frank Petise Sr.

Also, a beloved community patriotic tradition will return this weekend. On Friday, members of the Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Company and other volunteers will place American flags on both sides of the David N. Theis Memorial Bridge, which connects Cos Cob and Riverside along Route 1.

The flags are an eight-year tradition in town. Theis, who was then a member of the Board of Selectmen, worked to bring them to Greenwich after learning of beautiful similar displays in other towns. The tradition continued after Theis died suddenly in 2014.

Joseph and Barbara Havranek, both of whom are Air Force veterans, donate the flags. The volunteer firefighters oversee the flags, which will remain up until about Veterans Day.

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