Shelton veterans invited to join statewide parade

Organizers of the statewide 2013 Connecticut Veterans Parade are seeking U.S. veterans from every town and city in the state to sign up to march or ride in the parade.

The 14th annual procession will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, near the Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford and will march through the downtown area. The parade will take place a week before the federal observance of Veterans Day.

Last year, more than 3,500 people marched or rode in the Connecticut Veterans Parade, making it the largest veterans parade in New England.

Honoring dedication and sacrifices

The parade honors the dedication and sacrifices of servicemen and women from all U.S. conflicts, and offers state residents the opportunity to express their appreciation in-person.

U.S. veterans are encouraged to register now to march or ride. Any Connecticut resident who is an active, retired or honorably discharged member of the U.S. armed forces — including in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves — is welcome to participate.

Parade organizers also seek veterans groups, patriotic commissions, local municipalities, bagpipe and drum corps, fife and drum corps, and school marching bands to participate.