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Memorial Day Program Includes Three WWII Combat Veterans

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May 262018
 

The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 27, 2018, even with a little drizzle in the forecast.

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.

 

Remember, The OCC Serves Up Food And Drinks During The Parade

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May 262018
 

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery School Bake Sale will take place on Sunday, May 27. 

Many baked goods, sweet treats, hot coffee and cold drinks and much more will be available at their tent on the Orange Town Green during the Memorial Day parade.

This annual fundraiser has become a tradition at the parade and helps to support their faith-based school for three and four-year-olds, which has reached out into the community for more than 50 years.

Sign Up To Participate In The Memorial Day Parade

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Apr 262015
 

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 3.29.36 PMThe annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 24, 2015. 

Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer. 

Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the 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 203-795-2417 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.

In the event of rain, exercises will be moved to the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

Originally Published on: Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:33

Memorial Day Events Begin at 10:30 a.m.

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May 252014
 

IMG_1776The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

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 Parade Grounds 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 Memorial Day Committee is proud to announce the recipients for this year’s parade:

Laurence P. Czajkowski has been chosen Grand Marshal.  He is a U.S. Army Veteran who entered the service as a Private in l968 and retired as a Major 30 years later in 1998.  He served during the Vietnam era as well as the Cold and Gulf War eras.  He is a member of the CT Army Retiree’s Council, a member and liaison officer with the West Point Army Retiree’s Council, past Commander of American Legion Post #127, and an ex-officio member of the Memorial Day Committee.  He was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Sons and Daughters of Italy – State of CT in 2009.

Peter J. MacDonald will be the Honorary Chief of Staff.  He is a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran serving from 1965 to 1978. His overseas assignments included serving in Okinawa from 1965 – 1967, in Vietnam from 1967 – 1968, in Germany from 1974 – 1977, and in the Marshall Islands in 1978. His career in education has spanned 34 years from 1979 to 2013.  He was an Associate Professor of Aeronautics/Computer Science at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Senior Instructor at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and Teacher of Information Systems Technology at Bullard-Havens Technical High School.  He also served as Commander of the American Legion Post #127

Joseph F. Blake will be this years Honored Veteran.   He is a Korean War Veteran who served with the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 attaining the rank of Corporal. Joe is a well-known Orange resident whose public service included Chairman of the 160th Birthday Celebration of the Town, a member of the Orange Sewer Authority (bringing sewers to the Boston Post Road).  He was involved in many building projects including High Plains Community Center, Mary L. Tracy School, the Post Road Firehouse, the Clark Building and Silverbrook Estates (Congregate Senior Housing). Joe is a member of the Democratic Town Committee and served 34 years on the Board of Selectmen.  He is a past Chaplain of the American Legion Post #127, former President of Holy Infant Parish Council and is currently a Minister of the Eucharist at Holy Infant Church.

The keynote speaker will be Philip Grande, Sr. He is a U.S. Army Vietnam era Veteran who attained the rank of E-7 (Sergeant first class) SFC.  After active service, he spent 16 years in the National Guard.  For the last four years, he has been a member of the American Legion Post #127 and presently is the Sergeant-at-Arms. He is a member of the Water Pollution Control Authority of the Town of Orange.

Robert Mirto, Esq., Town Meeting Moderator, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Frederick O’Brien, Esq. will serve as Parade Announcer.

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

 

originally Published on: Apr 27, 2014 @ 11:58

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Memorial Day Parade Revisited

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May 312013
 

NOTE: I realized that although these were in the que I never posted these parade photos on the site, but those in the know went to the Orange Live Facebook page and saw 161 parade and memorial service photos earlier in the week.

Sorry for the oversight!

Are You Ready For Sunday’s Memorial Day Parade?

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May 252013
 

IMG_1707Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade, which will take place on Sunday, May 26.

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.

Orange Congregational Church Nursery School will host its annual bake sale at the Memorial Day Parade in Orange on Sunday May 26, starting at 11 a.m.

The group will be selling not only delicious desserts, but hot dogs and hot and cold beverages.

Don’t rush off after the last fire truck passes by, head on down to the Orange Center Cemetery (across from Mary L. Tracy School) and be there for the memorial service. This is never too long but very meaningful to all the veterans and their families who’ve lost someone in a war.

File photos from the 2011 Orange Memorial Day Parade.

Originally Published on: May 20, 2013 @ 1:23 p.m.

Applications For Memorial Day Parade Participation Due By May 17

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Apr 122013
 

More stuff to clean up

Bobby Fantarella Thrills the Memorial Day Parade crowd with his cannon of confetti.

On March 27, Orange Live announced that the Memorial Day Parade Committee had begun its planning meetings for the 2013 Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade, which will take place on Sunday, May 26.

Here is the latest information from that group of dedicated volunteers:

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 those with antique cars, horses and carriages and 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. An Air National Guard military flyover has not yet been determined.

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

Memorial Day application

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