From a memorial service for the dead to a parade across two cities, veterans will be honored and remembered in Shelton and Derby this Memorial Day. Eagle One may fly over during the Monday parade.
On Sunday, May 26, “we remember all of the veterans from Derby and Shelton who have passed away since last Memorial Day,” said Shelton Police Chief Joel Hurliman. The service starts at 7 p.m. at Shelton High School, and will last about two hours.
Hurliman said the service is open to family, extended family and the public who are looking to pay their respects to veterans.
Shelton High band performs at ceremony
The Shelton High School band will play music from the armed services, and there will be a guest speaker from the National Guard and a roll call of the dead, Hurliman said.
“We’ve been doing that at least since 1950,” he said. “It’s important to remember our veterans. They’ve done so much for our country.”
Parade is Monday morning
“Lest We Forget” is again the theme for the Derby/Shelton Memorial Day Parade. Floats and marching units will be judged — and awards will be given after the parade.
The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Elizabeth Street in Derby. From there, marchers take a right on Route 34 and a left on Bridge Street. There, the marchers will stop in the middle of the bridge, line up and drop a wreath in the water. This ceremony is to remember those lost at sea.
“If you’re lost at sea, you never had a proper funeral,” Hurliman said. “Anchors Aweigh” will be performed, which is appropriate, as the Navy lost the bulk of crew members at sea.
Marching into Shelton
From there, the marchers will take a:
— right on Howe Avenue
— left on White Street
— left on Coram Avenue
— left on Center Street
— right on Howe Avenue
— left on Cornell Street
Marchers include the color guard from Derby and Shelton, Connecticut National Guard, veterans, Scouts, and civic groups. As of press time, it was unclear if parade organizers could confirm a flyover from Eagle One. But there will be no mistaking the sound of the engine if it does fly overhead.
There will be a parking ban on the parade route for both cities from 6 a.m. until the end of the parade.
Flapjacks during the parade
The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley will hold its 38th annual Doc Bednar Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast on Monday, May 27, before, during and after the Memorial Day parade.
It will take place from 7 to 11 in the Walgreens pharmacy parking lot at the corner of Center Street and Coram Avenue.
The all-you-can-eat event will feature buttermilk pancakes. Requested donations are $5 per person, or $4 per child 12 or younger.
Tickets may be purchased in advance on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, One Positive Place (upstairs business office), Shelton, or at the breakfast on Memorial Day.
For information on the local Boys & Girls Club, go to BGC-LNV.org.