Shelton resident named grand marshal of vet parade

Shelton resident Dori Freer has been named an honorary Grand Marshal of the 2012 "Connecticut Veterans Parade."

Freer is one of four grand marshals, including Michael Zacchea of Brookfield, Connie Nappier, Jr. of New Britain and Major Frank A. Tantillo.

The 13th annual event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4 in Hartford, stepping off at 12:30 p.m., near the Connecticut State Capitol and proceeding through Downtown Hartford. The parade will take place one week before the nationwide observance of Veterans Day the following Sunday. It is one of the nation's largest salutes to veterans and is the biggest veterans parade in all of New England, according to organizers.

U.S. veterans should register now to march or ride in the 2012 Connecticut Veterans Parade.

Any Connecticut resident who is an active, retired or honorably discharged member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including commissioned officers, warrant officers and enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves is welcome to participate.

Parade organizers also seek veterans groups, patriotic commissions, local municipalities, marching bands and drill teams from colleges, high schools and middle schools. Pipe and drum and fife and drum corps from all over the state. To register to march in the 2012 Connecticut Veterans Parade or learn more about becoming a parade sponsor, visit or call the Parade Info Phone at 860-986-7254.