Memorial Day parade is Monday morning; Begins in Shelton this year

A scene from a past Derby/Shelton Memorial Day parade. (Photo by Wayne Ratzenberger)
A scene from a past Derby/Shelton Memorial Day parade. (Photo by Wayne Ratzenberger)

Shelton will honor its fallen veterans during the Memorial Day weekend with a parade and two memorial services.

“It’s important to remember our veterans and show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice,” said Melissa Laskowski, who is helping to organize some of the events.

The Derby/Shelton Memorial Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 26, on Howe Avenue at Wharf Street. The parade’s starting point alternates each year between Shelton and Derby.

In Shelton, marchers will proceed on Howe Avenue to Kneen Street, Coram Avenue (crossing Center Street), White Street, Howe Avenue, and Bridge Street.

After crossing the Derby/Shelton Bridge, the parade will conclude near the Derby Public Library on Elizabeth Street.

Veterans groups to community organizations

The parade traditionally draws large crowds, with its combination of veterans organizations and community organizations, such as schools, Scout troops, and youth sports and civic groups.

It includes a short ceremony on the bridge, in which all those lost at sea in service are honored by throwing a wreath into the Housatonic River.

This year’s grand marshal is Fran Dobkowski from Shelton’s Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company, and the parade’s chief of staff is George H. French from the Marine Corps League Valley Detachment. Representatives of different groups are selected to lead the parade every year.

Memorial service on Sunday evening

On Sunday, May 25, a memorial service will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Derby High School, 8 Nutmeg Ave. The service is open to the public, and people are asked to arrive by 7.

The program will focus on veterans who have died during the past year, with their names read aloud and a family member presented with a flower.

There will be fire, police and veterans post color guards as well as participation by local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

A two-city committee from Derby and Shelton organizes this service and the parade. The committee includes representatives of veterans posts, police departments, fire companies and civic groups.

Vet post hosts pre-parade ceremony

Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 in Shelton will honor veterans who have passed away since last Memorial Day with a pre-parade ceremony on Monday, May 26.

Services will include a presentation of colors and a rifle salute at about 7:50 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at the Riverwalk in Shelton.

In the past, these services were conducted at 6:45. Post 16 has moved the time back to 7:50 in an effort to make it more convenient for the public to attend.

After the parade, the local American Legion will conduct services at the Sutter-Terlizzi Post, 295 Bridgeport Ave.