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The 2019 Durham Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal is former Army Corporal Diarmuid (Derm) Rea, a resident of Durham since 1967.
Rea grew up in Hartford and graduated from Bulkeley High School in 1952. After graduation, he attended a technical School and was drafted into service during the Korean War. Rea decided to join the Army and promptly reported to Ft. Dix, New Jersey for basic training.
During training, he was designated as a field wireman and received advanced training in that skill.
Rea’s first assignment after basic training was at Supreme Headquarter Allied Powers Europe in Paris. He was responsible for all the officers’ quarters within the extensive SHAPE organization.
After two years, Rea returned to the U.S., and was discharged. He then attended and graduated from the Ward School of Electronics and subsequently joined the Southern New England Telephone Company. He stayed with SNET for 31 years until his retirement.
Rea has been married to his wife, Janet, for 52 years, They have four children and four grandchildren. One of their grandchildren, Brendan, currently serves in the Army and plans to attend the Durham Memorial Day Parade with his grandfather.
The 2019 Durham Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 27. The parade will step off at 9:15 a.m. at the corner of Haddam Quarter Road and Main Street and continue down Main Street to the Durham Town Green. Parade participants should assemble at the corner between 8:15 and 8:30. The parade will take place rain or shine.
The Durham/Middlefield VFW will have a wagon that will be used to seat and transport veterans during the parade. Veterans are encouraged to assemble for the parade at Haddam Quarter Road and Main Street.
Immediately following the parade, a ceremony will be held on the Town Green honoring our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen.
Organizations wishing to participate in the parade should contact Parade Chairman Bob Francis at 610-295-3904 or email@example.com. Also, if you know of a current Durham or Middlefield resident who is presently serving in the military, please alert the parade chairman.