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Memorial Day Parade Honors Vets

“It’s a time to remember the veterans and thank them for all their service,” said Eric Carter as he waited with his wife and two children for the Memorial Day parade to round the corner onto Norfield Street. “It’s also a time for hot dogs, hamburgers and beer,” he added with a laugh.

Tom Burke whose father served in the Navy, was at the parade with his daughter, Kathryn.  To him, Memorial Day is "a holiday to remember the men and women who served and to keep their memories alive."

Thousands of Westonites waving American flags, shiny pinwheels and colorful balloons watched as marchers waved and smiled along the streets from Weston High School Monday morning. The grand marshal was veteran John Stripp, who led carfuls of other local war veterans along the route.

“It’s good for people to see the military, “said Vietnam veteran, Steve Porter. The parade is “about sharing joy and love of life in Weston,” he said.

Following the veterans were the town emergency personnel. The loud sirens of the fire trucks led groups such as  town sports teams, the high school and middle school bands, the Weston Democrats and Republican Town Committee and the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts who threw candy to onlookers.

But a single banner held by two women drew the attention back to the true focus of the day. “Never forget the fallen heroes,” it read simply.

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