The Memorial Day Parade Committee put out a request for residents to make suggestions for this year’s parade honorees, and, according to Parade Organizer Kevin Gilbert, it worked. “We’ve got some great men,” he said. “This year’s honorees are all World War II Combat Veterans, and they are all in their 90s.”
Grand Marshal – Albert Rapini (98 years old) – U.S. Army 1942 – 1945 – Rank of Tech Sergeant.
Honorary Chief of Staff – Frank Tagliatela (96 years old) – U.S. Army 1942 – 1946 – Rank of Private First Class.
Honored Veteran – Robert Swirsky (98 years old) – U.S. Army 1943-1945 – rank of Tech Sergeant.
The Keynote Speaker is Orange Town Clerk Patrick B. O’Sullivan, III: Veteran’s Affairs Liaison, former State Representative and former member of the Board of Selectmen.
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 (Orange Fairgrounds at the Gazebo) 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 203-795-4647. 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.
IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, EXERCISES WILL BE HELD IN THE HIGH PLAINS COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM
Editor’s Note: Don’t just leave after the parade is over. Take a few minutes to honor those who secured our freedom and attend the brief ceremony at the Orange Center Cemetery across from Mary L. Tracy School. And bring your children, too, so they may understand the reason for this national holiday.