The 2014 Memorial Day Ceremony went without a hitch. The weather was nice, and although a couple of people had to break rank because they didn’t feel well, there were no medical emergencies as in past years.
Bob Mirto served as master of ceremonies, and Diane Raikis, accompanied by the Amity Senior High School Band, sang the National Anthem.
Mirto kept everything moving along, introducing First Selectman Jim Zeoli; Grand Marshal Laurence Czajkowski; Chief of Staff Peter MacDonald; Honored Veteran Joswph Blake; and Keynote Speaker Philip Grande, Sr. and three specially selected student readers from each of the elementary schools: Tessa Graham (Peck Place); Brenner McKinley (Race Brook); and Conlan O’Rourke (Turkey Hill).
Lewis Merritt, Commander of the American Legion Post 127 presented the general orders for the parade.
Mirto read the names of Orange veterans who’d passed away since last Memorial Day.
Amity High student Eli Baum, played Taps, and then everyone headed for the parade route.