Memorial Day parade leads panoply of weekend events
Updated 7:52 pm, Tuesday, May 24, 2016
FAIRFIELD — The town’s annual Memorial Day ceremonies saluting those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation cap a weekend also traditionally viewed as the unofficial start to summer.
Theme of this year’s Memorial Day parade on Monday is, “Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War.”
Before the parade, the annual Sea Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday the South Benson Marina. On Sunday, the Knights of Columbus, Assumption Council 11077, will sponsor the 22nd annual Memorial Day Mass at noon at Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road. The service is open to the public.
On Monday, parade goers can grab breakfast at the annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast, sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, from 7 a.m. to noon, at the church, 661 Old Post Road.
The parade itself steps off at 10 a.m. Monday at Post Road and Pine Creek Avenue, travels east along the Post Road through downtown, to the Old Post Road, where it turns south in front of the Fairfield Public Library, turns east again in front of the Fairfield YMCA and marches past the reviewing stand on Town Hall Green. Serving as master of ceremonies will be Probate Judge Daniel Caruso.
During the parade, the Fairfield League of Women Voters will register new voters at the corner of the Post and Old Post roads, near the Fairfield Public Library.
At a commemoration following the parade, the Memorial Day address will be delivered by Lt. Col. Tom Armas, of the U.S. Marines. Armas, who was recalled to active duty in 2004, has been deployed to the Middle East several times during his career. He is a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Selective Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Combat Action ribbon and the U.S. Secret Service Medal of Valor.
People are reminded that blankets and chairs reserving spectator spots along the parade route are not allowed prior to Sunday morning. Parking along the parade route will be restricted, and traffic will be stopped at 9:30 a.m. There will be no through traffic on South Pine Creek Road after 9 a.m.
There is no rain date for the parade. In case of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 6:15 a.m. Monday. Check local media outlets for announcements.