Norwich Memorial Day Parade " A day to remember"
Sponsored by the American Legion Post # 8 and Town of Norwich
I thought I would take a moment to explain the parade and then use the photos to back up what I am stating here so bear with me on this one. ( A little lengthy but necessary)
The American Legion Post # 8 on Beaver Meadow road and the Town of Norwich sponsored the annual Memorial Day Parade on Sunday , May 27, 2018. The Parade route begins at the Legion Hall , travels to the Town Hall making 2 stops along the way. At each stop, a ceremony is held to honor those who died and the POW/MIA's still unaccounted for. The first stop is at the bridge in front of St Francis Church. The purpose of this stop is to lay a wreath in the brook in honor of the US Navy service members who have lost their lives during a war . The chaplain says a prayer and then the Honor Guard Rifle Team fires a three round volley of fire in their honor and then Taps are played.
The Marchers then march to the Fairview Cemetery on Beaver Meadow Rd and stop at the grave site of Alden Partridge, who was the founder of Norwich University, where they lay a wreath and repeat the ceremony. They then proceed to the Town Hall Monuments, and perform yet another ceremony , This one honors the service members from all branches of the Military , lowering the flags to half mast and the band plays the National Anthem. The parade ends with refreshments being served at the Town Green.
A lot of effort goes into planning the parade and all those involved should be thanked for all they do.
The photos below were taken by Emma Cottage as I was marching and couldn't take my own set.
( Thank You Emma)
As with all my stories the photos say it all.
Here they come
Raymond Royce World War II veteran in a nice Jeep
The Honor Guard followed by Military Veterans
And the band plays on followed by scouts
Looking sharp and in step
Marion Cross Elementary represented well here
Daisy Scouts followed by the Norwich Lions Club
Norwich Lions roar through Main Street with a mascot even
Neat military vehicles
Military Army Deuce and a half and the Norwich Fire Department
No parking near a fire hydrant you gut that!
The official ceremony (This one really moved me) See why below
Lyle Favreau, our American Legion Post # 8 commander gives a nice speech which I copied here.
What is a Veteran? (the author is unknown)
A "Veteran" - whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to " The United States of America," for an amount of "up to, and including his or her life." That is honor, and that is why we honor them today.
A somber moment in the ceremony
Civil Air Patrol looking sharp at attention !!!!
The ceremony from another view
Saluting honoring and reflecting is the theme of this photo
Sergeant Jennifer Frank keeping the parade route safe and a sharp salute to honor those we remember today
Last but not least this is the reason I write the " about Norwich" column