Berlin’s Memorial Day parade will take place Monday, May 30. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church on Peck Street and will travel down Farmington Avenue, turning left onto Massirio Drive, and passing VFW Post 10732. From there, the parade will turn left onto Veterans Way and end at Veterans Memorial Park, where a ceremony will take place from 9:45 to 10:05.
A flyover by the Connecticut Air National Guard will take place during the parade.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place at VFW Post 10732 at 9 a.m.
Decorated veteran Ron Welch (Brigadier General, retired) will be the guest speaker.
A graduate of East Lyme High School, where he was a star athlete, Welch served full-time in the Army as an Airborne Ranger. In May of 1981, he was involved in a devastating parachute accident, requiring several surgeries.
Following his recovery, Welch served full-time as an officer in the Connecticut National Guard. He and his son Stephen are combat veterans of the war in Afghanistan.
Welch’s military service spanned 40 years. He held 28 key staff and command assignments and completed 37 military schools.
Also, Welch earned a master’s degree in organizational management from Eastern Connecticut State University and currently serves as Vice President for Military Services & Economic Development for the Veterans Rally Point, which provides free, life-changing services to veterans and their families.