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.

“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.”