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Save The Date For The 2017 Memorial Day Parade

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Apr 182017
 

The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The parade honorees have been announced:

Robert DeFeo – Grand Marshal

Peter Shery – Chief of Staff

Donald Jewell, posthumously – Honored Veteran

Paul Tarbox – Keynote Speaker

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer! Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field.  The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

The Parade Committee encourages any groups wishing to participate to contact Karen Goldberg at the Orange Town Hall at 203-891-4738 or Kevin Gilbert at 203-795-2417 or 203-795-4647.  Applications for participation in the parade are available in the Orange Town Hall – First Selectman’s Office or on the town’s website at www.orange-ct.gov.   The Committee anticipates many marching bands and floats.

The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. So, it is important to honor them at the brief cemetery service after the parade. 

In the event of rain, exercises will take place inside the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

The following photos were taken in 2015 and 2016.

PHOTOS: Orange Memorial Day Parade

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May 242015
 

IMG_4914Mother Nature woke up in a great mood today and gave us beautiful weather for the Memorial Day ceremonies, parades and picnics.

After the Ceremony at the gazebo, Orange Center Road was wall-to-wall people, waving flags and cheering as the parade passed from the first police car to the last fire truck the energy was strong and patriotism apparent.

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery Group sold hot dogs, treats and cold drinks on the green. A couple of vendors had balloons and other inflatables for sale, but it’s the free stuff that really got people excited: American Flags, pinwheels and Sgt. Stubby pins were gladly accepted on the fairgrounds and along the parade route.

See More Photos on Our Orange Live Facebook Page.

Letter: Thank Yous and Acknowledgements From Parade Coordinator

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Jun 182013
 

Flags mark veterans graves at the Orange Cemetery.

Flags mark veterans graves at the Orange Cemetery.

To the Editor:

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade were held on Sunday, May 26, 2013.  Anthony Monaco – U.S. Air Force, 1950-1954, a Korean War Veteran was the Grand Marshal.  James L. Marenna – U.S. Navy, 1963-1969, a Vietnam War Veteran, was the Chief of Staff.

The Honored Veterans this year were the 103rd Air Control Squadron of the Connecticut Air National Guard headquartered in the Town of Orange and commanded by Lt. Col. William A. Neri. Miguel A. Rodriguez, MSW, Counselor and Social Worker with the New Haven Vet Center within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Captain in the New York National Guard was the Keynote Speaker.

Dignitaries and speakers at the gazebo on Memorial Day.

Dignitaries and speakers at the gazebo on Memorial Day.

Diane Raikis sang the National Anthem.  Robert Mirto, Esq. was the Master of Ceremonies and Fred O’Brien, Esq. was the Parade Announcer.

Memorial Day was coordinated by Mr. Kevin Gilbert.  The services at the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at the Orange Center Cemetery were led by Laurence Czajkowski, Commander, American Legion Post #127.  Wreaths were laid at the monument by the American Legion Auxiliary and the Jewish War Veterans.

We would like to acknowledge those who made the day successful including the Highway Department, the Police Department, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the American Legion and its Auxiliary, and the Fire Department for the use of their communication radios.

A special “Thank You” to the Park & Recreation Grounds Crew for preparing the grounds for Memorial Day, the Orange Cemetery Association in memory of Marjorie Case who bequest funds each year to help defray parade costs, The Orange Foundation for the plaques given to the honorees, Lou Eagle of Eagle Leasing for the use of a flat bed trailer that was used as our reviewing stand,  Chris Winkle and the Winkle Bus Company for the use of a bus and driver to shuttle people to and from the cemetery and back to the parade grounds, Tom Hill for the use of two outdoor conveniences, Pinpoint Pro Motions & Printing for their poster boards, and Bob Fantarella for his audio system.

Lastly, we thank the school readers, the boys and girls who handed out all the flags and programs during the ceremonies and Skylar Spear for playing taps both at the opening and closing ceremonies.

Generous contributions from private parties and organizations were received to honor our fallen veterans and to support the soldiers who are presently serving our country.

Kevin Gilbert,

Memorial Day Parade Coordinator

Plans Underway For 2013 Memorial Day Parade

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Mar 272013
 

A Cub Scout greets a veteran at last year's Memorial Day Ceremony.

A Cub Scout greets a veteran at last year’s Memorial Day Ceremony.

The 2013 Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 26 beginning at the Orange Fairgrounds at 10:30 a.m.

The Memorial Day Parade Committee will hold its first meeting today.

Any individual or group interested in participating in the parade may obtain an application at the Orange Town Hall.

Orange Live will publish more information about the Ceremony and parade as it becomes available.

Kevin Gilbert is the Parade Organizer.

Letter to the Editor: From Kevin Gilbert

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Jun 142012
 

To the Editor:

The WWII Veterans were a huge part of the Memorial Day Ceremony this year.

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade were held on Sunday, May 27, 2012.  James M. White, Lt. Colonel – U.S. Army retired, West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran was the Grand Marshal.  Vito J. DeVito, World War II Army veteran, and Purple Heart recipient was the Chief of Staff.  The Honored Veterans this year were all World War II veterans, living or deceased, who served from 1941 – 1945. The Reverend Ann M. Ritonia, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange, and U.S. Marine veteran from 1979 – 2007 was the Keynote Speaker.  Diane Raikis sang the National Anthem.  Robert Mirto, Esq. was the Master of Ceremonies and Fred O’Brien, Esq. was the Parade Announcer.

Memorial Day was coordinated by  (yours truly) Kevin Gilbert.  The services at the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at the Orange Center Cemetery were led by Lawrence Czajkowski, Commander, American Legion Post #127.  Wreaths were laid at the monument by the American Legion Auxiliary and the Jewish War Veterans.

We would like to acknowledge those who made the day successful including the Highway Department, the Police Department, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the American Legion and its Auxiliary, the Fire Department, and the Park & Recreation Grounds Department.

A special “Thank You” to the Orange Cemetery Association in memory of Marjorie Case who bequest funds each year to help defray parade costs, The Orange Foundation for the plaques given to the honorees, Eagle Leasing for the use of a flat bed trailer that was used as our reviewing stand,  Chris Winkle for the use of a bus and driver to shuttle people to and from the cemetery and back to the parade grounds, Tom Hill for the use of two outdoor conveniences.

Also, the Graphic Arts Department of Amity Senior High School for their banners, Pinpoint Pro Motions & Printing for their poster boards, Stitch and Print Logo Wear for their generous contributions, COSTCO for their donation,  Mr. Kold Kuts for their help, Stop & Shop for their donation.

Also, Bob Fantarella for his audio system, and Robert Mirto and Superior Roofing & Installation for the purchase of hats given to the World War II veterans.

Another special “Thank You” to Rich and Jeanne-Consiglio Hoin for their large food donation given in memory of Milton Consiglio, deceased, who also was a veteran.  Their donation was used for the World War II veteran’s luncheon held after the parade. Lastly, we thank the school readers and the boys and girls who handed out all the flags and programs during the ceremonies.

Generous contributions from private parties and organizations were received to honor our fallen veterans and to support the soldiers who are presently serving our country.

Kevin Gilbert,
Memorial Day Parade Coordinator