Following are local 2010 Memorial Day ceremonies and parades:
- The parade will start at 10 a.m. on West Town Street and proceed to the town green for a ceremony. In the event of rain, residents can call the town hall at (860) 642-6100 to see if the parade is canceled.
If the parade is canceled due to weather, a ceremony will be held at Lyman Memorial High School.
- Memorial Day observances in Scotland start at noon with a ceremony at the Scotland Town Green followed by a parade down Route 97 to Scotland Cemetery, followed by a ceremony at Scotland Cemetery.
- American Legion Post 52′s color guard and firing squad will render honors at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 2 p.m. (across from the Miller-Richardson ball field); then proceed to the New Coventry Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.; the Center Cemetery on Route 44 at 3 p.m.; then the North Coventry Cemetery on Grant Hill Road; the Silver Street Cemetery; the Wrights Mills Cemetery on South Street and conclude at the Nathan Hale Cemetery on Lake Street.
- In Windham/Willimantic, the annual Memorial Day pilgrimage begins at 7 a.m. from the VFW building located at 1415 Main St. with everyone invited.
The stops will be at the New Willimantic Cemetery, Old Willimantic Cemetery, South Windham memorial, Windham Center Cemetery, Windham Center memorials, North Windham Cemetery, St. Joseph Cemetery, Russian Orthodox Cemetery and Windham Veteran’s Greenway.
Following the pilgrimage, the group will return to the VFW on Main Street for coffee and doughnuts at approximately 9 a.m.
At 11 a.m., there will be an observance at Memorial Park on Main Street with a speaking program featuring Windham Town Manager Neal Beets as the guest speaker.
Following that program, the parade will form and march to the American Legion headquarters on Bricktop Road.
- Parade begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Route 195 and Bassetts Bridge Road.
It then goes down Route 195 toward Cemetery Road to the ceremony site at the new Mansfield Center Cemetery. Music will be provided by bands from E. O. Smith High School in Storrs and Mansfield Middle School.
In the event of inclement weather, an abbreviated ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. in the Mansfield Middle School gymnasium. Tune in to WILI radio by 7:30 a.m. for any weather-related cancellation information.
- The town’s annual ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on the town green near the intersection of Route 66 and 87.
- The Coventry Lions Club will sponsor its annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Monday at the First Congregational Church, 1171 Main St. The menu includes sausage, pancakes and eggs.
After the breakfast, a parade, organized by the American Legion, will begin at G. H. Robertson School on Cross Street at 10 a.m. The parade will stop at the Veterans Green Memorial for services, and Lynn Robertson, a retired U.S. Navy commander, will speak.
- An 11 a.m. Memorial Day parade will start at RHAM High School and proceed down Main Street.
- The Andover Memorial Day parade begins from the Andover Elementary School at 8:45 a. m. Monday.
The parade route will follow School Road to Route 316, then head toward the intersection with Route 6, where the town will hold a ceremony at Memorial Park .
- A busy Memorial Day starts from 7 to 9 a.m. with breakfast at the Hampton Congregational Church.
The annual Memorial Day Parade then starts at 9:30 a.m. along Main Street, starting at the Hampton Congregational Church and ending at the Hampton Town Hall, where a special Memorial Day ceremony takes place at 10:30 a.m.
Then, from 11: 30 a. m. to 2 p.m., a Memorial Day picnic will take place on the grounds of the Hampton Town Hall and Hampton Community Center.
Additional observances are: noon, Little River Naval Memorial Ceremony at the end of Hammond Hill Road; a 1 p.m. concert on the grounds of the Hampton Community Center; From 1 to 4 p.m., there is a softball tournament on the fields behind the Hampton Town Hall; and at 7 p.m., there will be a staged reading at the Hampton Community Center.
- Franklin Memorial Day ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a laying of wreaths at the Franklin Congregational Church on Meeting House Road.
After a brief ceremony, another wreath will laid Plains Cemetery Road on Under- The- Mountain Road at 9: 45 a. m. Monday to acknowledge veterans.
The parade will begin lining up at the boys’ senior field on Route 207, with the parade starting at 10:10 a.m. at Giddens Park, located behind Veterans Park.
The parade will then proceed to Pautipaug Cemetery on Route 207 for a ceremony at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brief address at Veterans Park, also on Route 207, at 10:45 a.m.
There will be a final ceremony at Giddings Park, at 11 a.m., followed by a picnic, including hot dogs and ice cream, at the park after the ceremony.
- Eastford Memorial Day ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. Ceremonies will occur at General Lyon Cemetery and Grove Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively.
The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Eastford Elementary School heading toward Ivy Glenn Memorial library.
If there is inclement weather, the event will be held in the Eastford Elementary School at 9:30 a.m.
- The Ashford Memorial Day parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Ashford Volunteer Fire Department.
The parade travels along Routes 89 and 44.
A ceremony will take place in Pompey Hollow Park off Route 44 immediately following the parade.
Posted May 28, 2010