M E M O R I A L D A Y
September, 11, 2001
2006 - Very, very loud full video shown on Public Access (in S-VHS) no longer available BUT photos/captions tell the story!
2015 - Very special music by brass ensemble - skip to 24 minutes 6 seconds into About Town's audio recording of 2015 Memorial Day event from Town Green.
ORIGINAL CHARLES DAUGHERTY MURALS IN THE COMMISSION ROOM INSPIRED RECENT ART?
According to Westport NEWS report you might think the Town Hall Greensward never had had community uses: https://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Broad-support-for-Weston-town-green-despite-14289684.php#photo-18045147
From the photo in the Westport NEWS (not shown) the crowd assembled
contained about the same number of people (not the SAME people) that the fracking public hearing did.
We hesitated to go any further for fear of misrepresenting the presentation...but now, HERE IT IS!
What are the next steps? Refining who does what when and how much will it all cost piece by piece???
From the Town of Weston website: http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/WestonTownGreen2019-06-06.pdf
- First step: Envision what a modern Town Green can look like as a traditional gathering place, and also
- Make sure it is in historical context,
- Board of Selectmen voted to send it to
P&Z for an 8-24,
- As well as preparing for the formal presentation to the Historic
District Commission in completed form.
R A I N E D O U T
Many 2016 Memorial Day Parades in Connecticut - including Westport and Weston - went indoors for ceremony.
THANKS TO CHANNEL 79 WE WATCHED THIS ABBREVIATED EVENT
Excellent speeches by Fire Department, by minister, by State Representative Shaban and by First Selectman.
First Selectman spoke of American
desire for peace, rebuilding.
A depiction of the atom bomb, (left), appears at
the bottom of #3 at right below ("Science and Invention").
THANK YOU BOB
Heartfelt statement by Grand Marshal, resplendent in his parade sash. Fine job by horn quintet of more creative piece of music than usually played.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE CEREMONY, MONDAY. MAY 25, 2015, WESTON, CT.;
NEWS OF RETIREMENT 7-15-15, OF SGT.
CEREMONY WITH THOUGHTFUL OPENING PLUS SOME GREAT MUSIC
There were many people lining the streets, who gathered to listen to addresses: http://www.aboutweston.com/MemorialDayCeremony5-25-15.mp3
"FUNKY DAWGZ" BRASS BAND
Was awesome and looks like Black Lab (c) was feeling the beat!
Board of Selectmen walked together in the line of march past a gauntlet
of Weston dogs and their owners.
WESTON IS PETS AND KIDS
Did we mention that there were a lot of kids there? And an American Eagle, too, looking very serious.
A VERY SERIOUSLY PRETTY PLACE
So pretty; and again, so pretty; and (take my word for it) another
pretty male Westonite! Very intellectual breed (l) has been
reviewing the Dog Ordinance, and is proud dogs on leash can enjoy event.
Listen to the wonderful trumpet work that is part of the ceremony here: GO TO "24.06" for awesome jazz
WESTON MEMORIAL DAY FAIR
The usual suspects gather at the Onion Barn? Observed with cellphone at the time, now a graphic memory.
A triptych : "AT THE GAZEBO" series in watercolor.
Having a gazebo was originally the idea of Selectman Dick
Bochinski, if memory serves.
Down came the towers
In a hail of grey thunder
Like volcanic ash.
Saluting The Many Who Sacrificed All
The Civil War spawned both Memorial Day and Arlington National Cemetery; they each commemorate the sacrifices of ordinary people
The Hartford Courant
7:47 PM EDT, May 23, 2014
The Civil War, the United States' most deadly conflict, gave birth to
two important ways to commemorate the rank-and-file who had fallen.
One was Memorial Day, which we celebrate today. Originally known as
Decoration Day, its original purpose was to set aside a time each year
when Civil War veterans' graves would be decorated with flowers and
small American flags...
The Hartford Courant editorial in full at that publication's website.
MEMORIAL DAY 2006
Blowing in the wind: World War One ("The War to End All Wars") - did it make the world "safe for democracy"? Parade doesn't pass Historical Society (awesome WW1 exhibit spoke volumes 2014).
The Selectmen's lead red convertible can play great vintage
tunes from when this classic car was new. Leaders of tomorrow
Perhaps two future Selectpersons, one
a daughter of a Selectman and the other the driver's grand-daughter
(with a political pedigree on both sides of the family and from both
Parties) led the Parade! Following the big, red convertible, left
to right, Selectman Glenn Major, First Selectman Woody Bliss and
Selectman Richard Miller!
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & CEREMONY, MONDAY, MAY 29, 2006, WESTON, CT
The 2006 Memorial Day Parade as it happened
- view this "virtual Parade" below! Know all about Weston's event!
Crowds came early to get the choice viewing locations.
Guess who has the best spot?
Who comes after the Board of Selectmen?
Then it gets REALLY loud - check out the WVFD and EMS
takes a bow - Senior Activity Center opening at Hurlbutt South House
What's a Memorial Day Parade without
bands playing patriotic
Some of the most import and and beloved
residents of Weston are...animals.
And they paraded, too!
The major Political Parties marched. Were they as
Leaders of the next groups (especially
the one on the right)?
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and
Brownies did their duty and
walked the whole way!
The Ceremony was traditional, as was the message of
the Grand Marshal - respect the protectors of our way of life.
Editorial, May 23, 2014, Hartford Courant.
The crowd assembled earlier than usual. We set up on
the south-east corner of Norfield and Weston Roads...
Getting ready to cheer on the parade...woof!
Grand Marshal comes
along next; more vets in; State Representative John Stripp
rounds the corner...
And voila! Next is the host organization of this event - the
you say you wanted to see and hear some fire
trucks...HINT: the red ones are older. And they have other
types of vehicles, too! There are two firehouses in Weston.
Am I seeing double? (EMS brought two
ambulances!) Weston has a 100%
volunteer fire company and EMS (emergency medical service)!!!
Dial-a-Ride Van takes a bow!
The Weston Middle School Band and Weston High School Band made the
Music department look and sound great!
The Weston Historical Society looked very historical; horse
belonging to equestrian group seemed ready to give us a show! And
let's hear it for Big Bird!
Political Parties showed their "fitness," perhaps to
govern. NOTE: RTC uses correct procedure
to remember if you want to stay alive on the roads as a runner or
walker - always AGAINST traffic!
Norfielders came out on parade. And a little child shall lead
Then there were the boy scouts and the girl scouts...and brownies
and cub scouts
At the end of this brief Parade, there was a Ceremony:
Invocation, hoisting of the flag, National Anthem, Pledge of
Allegiance, Grand Marshal's remarks, placing of the wreath on War
Memorial, three round salute by firing squad, taps, America the
Beautiful, Benediction. And then Open house at Fire Station 1 -
free hot dogs and soda for all! There was a Veteran's BBQ lunch
after the Ceremonies (at Norfield Church).