Middletown observes Memorial Day with parade

May 21, 2012 by  

Down through the years, Americans have come to recognize Memorial Day as the official harbinger of summer; a time when the kids are out of school, when families go on vacations, and when friends get together for barbecues. The federal holiday is more than a herald of the change of seasons, however. It is a day that the nation takes a pause from the norm to honor those who are in the military or have previously served there, as well as those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our country and the liberties that we have.

On Sunday, May 27, the Westfield Fire Department in Middletown, Connecticut will be celebrating the holiday by holding its 117th annual Memorial Day parade. At 2:00 pm, the parade will commence at the fire station located on East Street. It will conclude at the Old East Street Cemetery, which is a World War II monument also known as the Miner Cemetery. Banner printing is essential to this type of event, as there is sure to be much pomp and circumstance that will warrant a visible form of identification of the various floats and parade participants.

On a more poignant note, the town will also take the time to express its heartfelt gratitude by holding a special service at the Miner Cemetery. At the conclusion of this service, the parade is going to head back to the fire station where the celebrations will continue and refreshments will be served.