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Parade salutes those who served

Jarret LiottaMay 28, 2019

WESTPORT — Few people know the importance and real scope of the Memorial Day parade and post-parade ceremony better than William “Bill” Vornkahl, for he’s been organizing it for nearly 50 years now.

“This is our day to honor our fallen comrades,” said the Korean War vet, who was born in Westport and has lived here 89 years.

Once again “Mr. Parade,” as many call him, outdid himself with one of the most popular events in the community, which drew thousands of spectators and more than a thousand participants.

It was a sunny day for the parade, which kicked off from Saugatuck School on Riverside Avenue, turned across the Post Road bridge, went left onto Myrtle Avenue, and ended in front of Town Hall for a ceremony on Veterans Green.

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