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

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