Meriden Memorial Day parade to step off once again



MERIDEN — The city’s annual Memorial Day Parade will resume on Monday following two straight years during which it wasn’t held due to the pandemic.

The parade, organized by American Legion Post 45, steps off at 10 a.m., with units lining up on Curtis Street. From Curtis Street, the procession will head down Broad Street to the monuments along Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

The parade route will follow East Main Street, with marching units, including veterans groups and bands from both Platt and Maloney high schools, proceeding past City Hall. The route will take a right onto Pratt Street, before the parade culminates at the Meriden Green. A ceremony at the Green’s amphitheater will follow.

City Councilor Bob Williams Jr., a member of the legion and the parade’s lead organizer, said the grand marshals will be Thomas Skibicki Jr., an Army veteran who served during the Korean War; Manuel Cunha, an Army veteran who served during World War II; and Henry Zima, an Air Force veteran who during the Vietnam War.

Williams said it is not too late for groups to sign up to march. Interest groups can contact Williams by calling 203-641-4622.

“Obviously we’re happy to have it back,” said Chris Bourdon, director of Parks & Recreation.

The department will have its own marching unit participating. Before the event, crews will be out along the parade route, landscaping the monuments and the Green.

Prior to the parade, the Meriden Running Club will resume the Meriden Memorial Mile. The one-mile walk and run event will kick off at 9 a.m. at Israel Putnam Elementary School on Parker Avenue.

Mayor Kevin Scarpati plans to participate in both events.

Scarpati said Memorial Day weekend is not just a time to gather for cookouts and picnics.

“It should be a weekend we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Scarpati said.

“We’re truly there to thank our veterans, and to honor those who served who are no longer with us. Far too many of those who fought never made it back home.

“For us to be able to be there and honor them, with the parade, helps remind the community what Memorial Day is all about,” he added.

Reporter Michael Gagne can be reached at mgagne@record-journal.com.



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