Calling all Danbury veterans for parade
October 5, 2013 by Mark
With 3,500 participants, 150 or more Veteran and Military groups, and over 25,000 spectators, this is New England’s largest veterans’ parade. The non-profit venture is organized by civic organizations, local businesses, municipalities, corporations, and veterans’ groups. The Connecticut National Guard will be on hand to help manage the proceedings.
A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arc an hour before the parade. Cannon blasts will begin the proceedings and close the ‘Moment of Silence’ when the marchers stop to honor fallen service members. Any retired, active, or honorably discharged U.S. veteran who is a Connecticut resident can either ride or march by calling (860) 986-7254 to register before October 12.
Please note that no pets or other animals other than those associated with the military will be permitted in the parade. Print companies can sponsor the event or their employees can volunteer by phoning the number give above.
The 1.7-mile route begins close to the Connecticut State Capitol Building at the corner of Buckingham and Washington streets in Hartford. It will then go north on Trinity, right onto Pearl, right on Main, and right onto Capitol Avenue, concluding on Hudson Street as it wends though downtown Hartford. The viewing stand will be located across from the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art. The parade starts Sunday, November 3, at 12:30 pm.