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Celebrate Memorial Day For All The Right Reasons

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May 252019
 

The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will take place on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War (1861-1865). The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States.
It is also called Decoration Day when the graves of fallen soldiers are decorated with flowers or flags.
It is important to remember the true meaning of this day and for residents to attend the Ceremony prior to the parade and to take a few minutes to go down to the cemetery to honor the dead, whose ultimate sacrifice guaranteed the freedoms we enjoy today.

Today’s Schedule:

Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road. 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 Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.

The weather is supposed to be nice, but the hottest day we’ve had in a while. Dress appropriately and remember to stay hydrated, we don’t want anyone to faint and fall off the bleachers this year.

IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, EXERCISES WILL BE HELD IN THE HIGH PLAINS COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM  (as they were in 2018).

This Year’s Parade Honorees:

Grand Marshal – Hugo A. Raccuia, Jr. – U.S. Marine Corps 1951 – 1959, Combat Korean War Veteran – Rank of Captain.

Honorary Chief of Staff – William E. Ruddell – U.S. Army 1964 – 1967, Combat Viet Nam War Veteran – Rank of SP5.

Honored Veteran – Warren L. Mulston – U.S. Army Air Corps 1942-1945, Combat World War II Veteran – Rank of S/SGT.

Keynote Speaker – Anna May Pieger – President, American Legion Auxiliary Post 127 of Orange.

Refreshments for Sale

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery School will host its annual bake sale at the Memorial Day parade in Orange, Sunday, May 26, starting at 10 a.m.

They will be selling hot dogs and delicious desserts along with hot and cold beverages.

All proceeds support the OCC preschool program for 3, 4 and 5-year-olds, which has been in continuous operation for more than 50 years.

The tent will be set up on the church end of the green. 

Please stop by the tent for some fabulous refreshments to enjoy at the parade, or to take home with you!

Photos: 2016 Memorial Day Parade

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May 302016
 

IMG_1205It was a fine day for a Parade on Sunday, as residents lined both sides of Orange Center Road to cheer on their town leaders, lawmakers, children’s groups, veterans, bands and of course Stuart the Giant Strawberry.

Police K-9 Loki did pretty well for his first walk down the “Orange Mile” (well, not quite).

Parade Organizer Kevin Gilbert and his committee did a great job once again this year.

It would be remiss of me if I did not share with you the fact that 93-year-old Al Pol, wearing his firefighters dress uniform, chose to walk the entire parade route rather than accept a ride in one of the available cars or a golf cart.

Here are some photos from the parade. Can you find yourself in the crowd?

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.

Vietnam Veterans and Sgt. Stubby To Be Honored At Memorial Day Ceremonies

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May 232015
 

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2015.  Ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field.  The parade will follow the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

Richard Cenami will be the Grand Marshal.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1962-1966 with a rank of LCPL and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

Richard Manley will be the Honorary Chief of Staff. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees, 1958 – 1964 and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

The Reverend Stoddon (Tod) G.N. King will be the Honored Veteran.  He served in the U.S. Navy 1965-1970 with a rank of full Lieutenant and is a Vietnam Veteran.

The Keynote Speaker will be Emily Dewey Trudeau, the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield, CT.  From 2005 – 2006, she was the Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office;  from 2006 – 2012, she was the Judge Advocate General’s Corps Attorney, United States Navy; and from 2012 – present she is the Vice-Chair/Legislative Liaison, Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.   

Sgt. Stubby

Sgt. Stubby

This year, the Memorial Day Committee will be honoring Sgt. Stubby, the most decorated war dog of World War I.  He was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry, the Yankee Division, and is presently in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The Committee would like to encourage all Vietnam War Veterans to attend the ceremonies and be recognized.  This is the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam conflict.                                                           

The public is invited 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: May 14, 2015 @ 17:23

Photos: Some Photos From The Memorial Day Parade

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May 252014
 

The 2014 Memorial Day Parade stepped off around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 25.

The Orange Elementary Schools Marching Band made its debut at the parade.

Here are Some of the photos, you can find more on our Facebook Page.