Photos: 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony At the Gazebo

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May 292016

It was a sunny, breezy hot day on the Orange Fairgrounds for the 2016 Orange Memorial Day Ceremony.

IMG_0945Robert Mirto, Esq., was the Master of Ceremonies, and he and all of the honored guests kept their addresses short, so there were no medical emergencies and the parade stepped off earlier than in some past years.

US Senator Richard Blumenthal, and First Selectman Jim Zeoli made brief comments, and two students from Orange Elementary Schools read short poems.

One woman who was honored at the ceremony was Magdalen Cronin, 100, who has crafted a wreath for the Memorial Day service at the cemetery for many years, and hopes to continue doing so as long as she can. “I enjoy making the wreath,” she said.

The Parade Committee did a fine job choosing the following parade recipients and keynote speaker.

Grand Marshal Arnold J. Casola is a U.S. Army, World War II Veteran – T5 Corporal – who served from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern, Good Conduct and Victory Medal. He is a member of theAmerican Legion Post 127 and a past Sergeant-at- Arms.

Honorary Chief of Staff James T. Dallas is a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran – Corporal – who served from 1950 to 1952. He served in the National Guard from 1948 – 1950 and at the Camp Pickett, Army Hospital for 2 years. He was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years now retired. He has been a member of the American Legion Post 127 for 55 years and worked for the Town of Orange Highway Department for 27 years now retired.

Keynote speaker Emily Dewey Trudeau, is the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield and a Bronze Star decorated Veteran. From 2005-2006, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office District of Utah; from 2006-2012, she was an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy; and she is currently Chair of the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.


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



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

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