Honor our veterans today. Parade at 10 a.m.

Our yearly parade on Memorial Day is always a stirring, wonderful event. Be there.

 Here are the details: 

The West Hartford Memorial Day Parade Committee announces the appointment of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as the Honorary Parade Marshal of the 2007 West Hartford Memorial Day Parade.

The parade is scheduled for Monday, May 28, 2007. It will start at 10 a.m. from the corner of Woodrow Street and Farmington Avenue. It proceeds east on Farmington Ave. and turns onto South Main Street and onto the Town Hall.

First Lieutenant Jean-Paul Berard, US Army Reserves, a World War II veteran of the Pacific Theater and a retired West Hartford teacher, will lead the parade as the Parade Marshal. The Reverend Rick Hansen of the United Methodist Church of West Hartford will serve as Parade Chaplain and Tim Hussey of the Conard High School Band as the Parade Bugler.
Immediately following the parade, a memorial service will be held at the Veterans’ Memorial located at the intersection of Farmington Avenue and North Main Street. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will be the keynote speaker.

The Central Connecticut Region of the Antique Car Club of America invites veterans and their spouses to ride in the parade in one of their antique cars. Veterans wishing to accept this invitation should be at the entrance of the town hall at 9:15 a.m. Participants will be returned to the Town Hall at the end of the parade.

West Hartford takes great pride in hosting an annual Memorial Day Parade on the observed date of this special and solemn holiday, the last Monday of May at 10:00 AM. It follows a tradition established by returning West Hartford veterans from World War I.

The West Hartford Memorial Day Parade Committee is a joint endeavor and cooperative effort of Hannon-Hatch VFW Post 9929, and Hayes-Velhage Post 96, The American Legion of West Hartford, in partnership with the Town of West Hartford.

The present parade route begins on Farmington Avenue at Four Mile Road traveling east and turning south onto South Main Street to Burr Street and ending at town hall.



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13 responses to “Honor our veterans today. Parade at 10 a.m.

  1. Joe Visconti

    Will do

  2. I had no doubt that you’d be there, Joe.
    You may be a flake, but you’re a good man.

  3. Susan Schaffman

    Dear WHDAD,
    Just wanted you to check out http://www.josephvisconti.com to hear what a good man can do, simply click on the AMERICA for a beautiful visual that accompanie the music. This was shared with the Philippon Family and he received a heartfelt thanks from the fallen marines family. Excerpt from the site…“America” gives solace and inspiration to those in the line of duty and their loved ones praying for them. Regardless of your political views, this blend of music sends a spiritual message to the Country. By penetrating the heart and soul, the song creates reflection for all Americans to consider the ultimate sacrifice for the gift of liberty and freedom so honorably given to us each day.

  4. Joe Visconti


    How dare you?!, “I am not a Good Man”

    Also,The Hartford Fishwrap & Advocate use the word Flamboyant not flake when refering to me. Please adhere to the proper Ultra Liberal labeling of my person.
    In need of medication, a screwball, eccentric and other labeling of me have been attempted before but not condoned by the Educational Cartel. If only I was a home schooler I wouldn’t have to suffer such labels.
    “Pseudoblogclosetist’s” (as Webster rolls over) are not allowed to apply personal labels since they have no identity ( Blogging for Idiots, Chapter 12).

  5. I just got back from the parade. It was wonderful! Both moving and fun. Interesting that the marchers were mostly either quite elderly or very young. Last year I was in a small town in western CT and there were far more middle-aged vets marching. Is that just demographics, or do local vets in their 40s and 50s not join in for some reason?


  6. Rick Liftig

    I had the honor of carrying the American flag in the Memorial Day parade today.

    I would suggest this as an activity for all. You don’t experience the parade in the usual way. You are ahead of your group and not chatting; you cannot take your hands off the flag and thus, you cannot wave; essentially, you have twenty or thirty minutes to contemplate and be alone with your thoughts while marching past thousands of your friends and acquaintances.

    You can’t help think about what the day represents. Along with the waves and smiles, your flag receives many salutes. You pass many people with their hand over their heart. The veterans in front of you are old now – they are happy that they made it home. And in your soul, you realize that this scene is being duplicated across the country. It is hard not to weep.

    The toughest moment for me was at the end of the parade when the A-10’s flew over. I was thankful that I was not on the receiving end of their real mission.

    What a wonderful town and country that we live in where we have the privilege to complain. We have the privilege to discuss policy and effect change in the community. For the most part we do this non-violently.

    If were to have have any criticism about this blog and its participants, it might be that we care too much, and in doing so, nitpick our town and its institutions. I sometimes chuckle at how we get so crazy over taxes and Blueback Square – it seems so petty on a day like this.

    So today, I would ask you to look at the big picture.

    Be thankful that our Cub Scouts, Brownies and baseball teams see the day as just another holiday and are for the most part, unaware of what war is. Always remember that this day was not given, but was earned by the millions who came before us.


    Rick Liftig

  7. turtle

    Yes, very nice. Thank you.

  8. Joe Visconti

    You looked good out there Rick

  9. Peter G.

    I don’t expect this comment to be well-received. It always feels nice to be able to celebrate a holiday confident in the belief that everyone shares what we interpret as its meaning. It’s like when you get all teary-eyed over an Xmas special about how the true meaning of the holiday is universal and then glance over at your partner and realize that the “universal” holiday you have been welling up about is something that is foreign to her — a celebration by other families from which she was perpetually excluded because it is not rooted in human universality but in a set of beliefs that actually encompass only a relatively small subset of the human family.

    So Rick’s comments about being glad that he is not on the receiving end of those A-10’s and about feeling glad that our kids have so little experience of war are intended to make us glad that we have been so well-defended.

    But the fact is that the U.S. has not only defended itself well. In the last century and so far in this one as well the U.S. has excelled at being the aggressor, the one that blasts other peoples’ children into oblivion or that uses its gun barrels to shove poverty so far down their throats that they can never cough it up without bleeding to death.

    Our fathers and brothers and sons didn’t mean to do those things. They were schooled in good intentions as they sent others down the road to hell. They didn’t point the rifle. But they did pull the trigger.

    And the hero’s welcome that they didn’t get wasn’t the fault of anti-war activists spitting on them. It was the deafening silence of a government that was glad to use them as killing machines till they couldn’t continue to kill or till killing was no longer useful and then had no more medals and no more treatment for Agent Orange or PTSD or Gulf War Syndrome and no more drug rehab and no more phyiscal therapy and no more job training and no more education and no more of anything but Memorial Day Parades.

  10. Edith Folta

    Let’s remember that the Girl Scouts and the Little League and the PTO’s and the Regents comprise what is enviously known as “civil society” by the rest of the world, and are the very organizations that make community and solidarity possible, and are the basis of real democracy. It is these very institutions that had to be painstakingly rebuilt for democracy to emerge in eastern and central Europe, and whose lack made it impossible for Iraq to start functioning as a democracy after the removal of Saddam Hussein. Because we know each other and work together in these organizations, we can come together and debate and deal with the tougher issues (such as the Education budget) when the time comes. The groups marching in these parades are not a frill on our democracy. They demonstrate what a democracy is all about. They are what makes that democracy possible. I’ll bet our veterans know that.

  11. Rick Liftig

    Peter –

    You read a lot into my comments.

    Regardless of our country’s political motives, errors and checkered international history, the day was about reflection – I intended to write about that moment of reflection and insight for this group. I am thankful for all that I have been given.

    I think that if you asked veterans about their feelings about war and combat, they would be fairly consistent in their answers. War, to put it bluntly, “sucks”. Then they would add their own comments, but basically, “war sucks.”

    And yet, brother killing brother has been part of our milieu since the first chapter of Genesis. This doesn’t condone fratricide, but hey, when you’re writing a book, you put your most important points up front.

    If there is anyone to blame for the senseless wars of the last fifty years (that we have provoked) it is the electorate for not contacting their representatives and camping out on their doorstep.

    And always, the military gets its marching orders from the politicians….

    I’ll remind us all of the famous Walt Kelly line, “We have met the enemy and they is us.” As much as we like to blame the institution, the Town Council, the Congress, the President, you name it, the problem always starts at the lowest level.

    And I could go on. However, I think we should let this thread go. It’s better to try and effect change in your community than to complain about it.


  12. Me

    I was curious as to if anyone knows anything about the Memorial for the Veterans in the Center. I’m doing a project on it for school and need some info…where can I get it?

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