MEMORIAL DAY PHOTOS: Thousands line Shelton streets to watch parade

Members of a Boy Scout troop from Shelton’s Huntington section carry a large American flag in the parade.

Members of a Boy Scout troop from Shelton’s Huntington section carry a large American flag in the parade.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets of downtown Shelton on a warm morning for the annual Derby/Shelton Memorial Day parade. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

They brought lawn chairs and blankets with them to sit comfortably along the parade route, as well as small American flags to wave as the marchers went by.

Marching at the front of the parade were members of the U.S. military.

Marching at the front of the parade were members of the U.S. military.

There were veterans and youth sports teams, volunteer firefighters and school marching bands, police officers and Scout troops, public officials and local civic groups, and fife-and-drum corps and theatrical troupes.

 

‘I love the parade’

“I love the parade,” said Denise Sura of Shelton, who was sitting on the Derby/Shelton Bridge with her husband Robert. “I’ve been coming my entire life.”

“She never misses a year,” Robert Sura said of his wife.

Spectators line Coram Avenue in downtown Shelton to get a good view of the parade.

Spectators line Coram Avenue in downtown Shelton to get a good view of the parade.

This year’s parade began in Shelton and ended in Derby, where large crowds also awaited the marchers.

The parade lasted about two hours, beginning at 9 a.m. in Shelton at Howe Avenue and Wharf Street, and finishing slightly before 11 a.m. in Derby on Elizabeth Street.

 

Ceremony on the bridge

On the bridge over the Housatonic River, the parade stopped for awhile for a brief ceremony, where a ceremonial wreath was thrown in the water to remember and honor all those lost in service to their country.

This year’s parade grand marshal was Fran Dobkowski of Shelton’s Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company, left, being driven by Leroy Rogers of Shelton, a Vietnam veteran.

This year’s parade grand marshal was Fran Dobkowski of Shelton’s Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company, left, being driven by Leroy Rogers of Shelton, a Vietnam veteran.

The parade’s chief of staff, George H. French from the Marine Corps League Valley Detachment, was given the responsibility of throwing the wreath.

Shelton Magic team members from the Shelton Youth Soccer Organization (SYSO) wave to the crowd on Howe Avenue.

Shelton Magic team members from the Shelton Youth Soccer Organization (SYSO) wave to the crowd on Howe Avenue.

Veterans join military vehicles in crossing the bridge from Shelton to Derby during the Memorial Day parade.

Veterans join military vehicles in crossing the bridge from Shelton to Derby during the Memorial Day parade.

 

 

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