Area events planned for Memorial Day

Area events planned for Memorial Day


Parades, ceremonies and other special events will be held in the area for Memorial Day to honor those that sacrificed their lives for their country.

North Haven

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 27 on the North Haven Town Green at 9 a.m. A list of names will be read of local veterans who have died in the past year.

The parade will step off after the ceremony at 10 a.m.

This year’s grand marshal will be Nick Mastroianni, also co-chairman of the parade committee.

“I’m honored to do it,” he said.

Mastroianni received the role, and the planning duties, after longtime American Legion Commander Dan Riccio died earlier this year.

“It’s all new to me,” Mastroianni said.

The parade will end at the American Legion where there will be a wreath laying ceremony.

The North Haven High School band will play a medley of songs.


Berlin’s Memorial Day parade will step off at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29.

The parade will assemble in St. Paul’s parking lot at 8:15 a.m., before beginning down Farmington Avenue. The route will continue left down Massirio Drive and pass the Berlin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10732.

The parade will end at Veterans Memorial Park.

If it rains, the Memorial Day program will be held at the VFW post on Massirio Drive at 9 a.m.


Memorial Day observances will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29, with services by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion at all three cemeteries.

The parade will follow at 10 a.m., and begin on Curtis Street. The route will continue past “Veterans Memorial Boulevard” on Broad Street, down East Main Street to State Street and end at the new Meriden Green.

“It’s going to be very nice,” said Ronald Perry, U.S. Marine Corps and member of the city’s Veterans Council.

The Maloney High School jazz band will perform at the amphitheater.

Parade grand marshals Joseph and Sam Carabetta, both World War II veterans, will also be honored.

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held on the Green, with another one later on at the American Legion.

“Memorial Day means a lot,” Perry said. “We are honoring our dead through many wars.”

Also in Meriden, the second annual Memorial Day Mile walk and run will be held at Israel Putnam School. The race benefits local veterans with proceeds going to Middlesex Community College, the American Legion, and Yoga4Change, which provides yoga to local veterans.

The event starts at the school at 8:45 a.m., and concludes at the monuments on Broad Street. Prizes and awards will be given out at Jennifer’s House of Hair just as the parade steps off.


A ceremony will be held Saturday, May 27, on the Cheshire Town Green starting at 10 a.m., with the police department and fire department color guards.

The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will give out flags for people to place on graves.

The 50th Memorial Day parade in Cheshire will be held the next day, on Sunday, May 28, at 1:30 p.m. The route will start at Highland Avenue with a stop at the Town Hall before concluding at the high school in front of the reviewing stands.

It will be an extra special event this year as an empty car will represent longtime parade organizer and past grand marshal Ernie DiPietro, who died recently.

“He was always right up there in front,” said Don Falk, a co-marshal of the parade and member of the Cheshire American Legion and VFW. “It’s a big spot to fill in.”

Other cars will drive a World War II veteran and a Purple Heart recipient, among others.

It will also be Bob Ceccolini’s last parade year as parks and recreation director before he retires. Ceccolini will be an honorary grand marshal.

“I’m very humbled by it,” he said.

The rain date for the parade is Sunday, June 4.


On Monday, May 29, the American Legion, Kiltonic Post 72 will hold Memorial Day ceremonies at seven locations in Southington including Panthorn Park and Quinnipiac Cemetery from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.

The Marine Corps League will also have ceremonies on Monday, starting at 7:30 a.m., at five locations around town. A joint flag raising ceremony, by the veterans organizations in town, will then be held at the Southington Care Center at 9 a.m.

The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m., toward Eden Avenue and end on Columbus Avenue.

A ceremony to honor veterans will follow at the American Legion on Main Street.


On Monday, May 29, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold services at the cemeteries in Plainville starting at 6:30 a.m.

The parade will step off at 9 a.m. on Broad Street and end at the corner of Maple and Whiting streets.

Immediately following the parade, there will be a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park by the VFW and American Legion. This year will also be the dedication and unveiling of the Gold Star Mothers and Family Monument at the park. “This is the first year we’ve done anything like this,” said Scott Saunders, councilor and chair of the parade committee.

Resident Bob Doolittle initially proposed the monument to the Town Council last year and a committee was formed for the project. The final design of the monument was announced in March and will be officially dedicated in the park on Memorial Day.

The Gold Star represents the loss of a loved one in service.

This year’s parade grand marshal, Sue Chase, is a Gold Star family member. Her brother was killed in action while serving in Vietnam.

“She’s very dedicated to veteran causes,” Saunders said.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty will be attending the unveiling, as will state Rep. William Petit and state Sen. Henry Martin.

Local Gold Star families are invited to the ceremony.


The Memorial Day parade will be held Monday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m.

The route will start at the corner of Main Street and Haddam Quarter Road and end on the green. A short ceremony will follow.


Roads will be closed from 8 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., on Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day parade.

Closures will include:North Main Street from the intersection of Cedar Street and Maplewood Avenue to the intersection of Center Street, South Main Street from the intersection of Center Street to the intersection of Ward Street, and Prince Street from the intersection of South Main Street to the intersection of South Whittlesey Avenue.

The parade start time has not yet been determined.
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