MEMORIAL DAY PHOTOS: ‘This is a chance for everyone to show their patriotism’

Members of Girl Scout Troop 60290 in Shelton march on Howe Avenue.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 60290 in Shelton march on Howe Avenue.

Scott Wasilewski was among the many Shelton residents enjoying this year’s Memorial Day parade in downtown Shelton. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Like with most onlookers, for him the parade is both a way to pay respect to those who have served and sacrificed, and to have the chance to cheer on many of his fellow Sheltonites.

World War II veterans wave to the crowd from a float.

World War II veterans wave to the crowd from a float.

“I’ve been coming for decades,” said Wasilewski, who was with one of his children on Coram Avenue. “I marched in the parade when I was in Little League.

“This is a chance for everyone to show their patriotism — from generation to generation,” he said. “My kids will bring their kids here someday.”

The Shelton High School Band on the bridge during the ceremony.

The Shelton High School Band on the bridge during the ceremony.

Marchers for Shelton’s Center Stage Theater entertain spectators along the parade route.

Marchers for Shelton’s Center Stage Theater entertain spectators along the parade route.

Watching the parade from a spot on Coram Avenue are members of the De Andrade family — from left,  Jason, 6, mom Tracey, and Matthew, 4. “It’s awesome,” Jason said.

Watching the parade from a spot on Coram Avenue are members of the De Andrade family — from left, Jason, 6, mom Tracey, and Matthew, 4. “It’s awesome,” Jason said.

Veterans participate in the gun salute during the Memorial Day ceremony on the bridge.

Veterans participate in the gun salute during the Memorial Day ceremony on the bridge.

Spectators watch the Memorial Day parade in downtown Shelton.

Spectators watch the Memorial Day parade in downtown Shelton.

Members of the Shelton Youth Cheerleaders had a good view of the spectators below them from on top of a firetruck.

Members of the Shelton Youth Cheerleaders had a good view of the spectators below them from on top of a firetruck.

The Mattatuck Drum Band performs tunes from yesteryear in the parade. The Waterbury-based organization calls itself the oldest drum-and-fife corps in the United States, dating back to 1767.

The Mattatuck Drum Band performs tunes from yesteryear in the parade. The Waterbury-based organization calls itself the oldest drum-and-fife corps in the United States, dating back to 1767.

This old Chevrolet in the parade was once a Shelton police vehicle.

This old Chevrolet in the parade was once a Shelton police vehicle.

 

 

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