A Memorial Day gathering at Hillside Cemetery in Wilton

Air Force veteran Bing Ventres places a flag at the grave of Fred Hunter Collis Sr. at Hillside Cemetery on Ridgefield Road in Wilton in a previous year. This Monday, May 31, there will be a small outdoor event at the Hillside Cemetery at 10 a.m. to commemorate Memorial Day. Following the event, there will be a congregation at the American Legion Post 86 on Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center, where individually wrapped and prepared food will be handed out to visitors to eat at the property's picnic tables or to take home. There will be no Memorial Day parade. As planning for the parade is typically started at the top of the year, uncertainty around distancing protocols caused difficulties in preperation, according to the parade committee. American flags will also be placed on each veteran's grave.

Air Force veteran Bing Ventres places a flag at the grave of Fred Hunter Collis Sr. at Hillside Cemetery on Ridgefield Road in Wilton in a previous year. This Monday, May 31, there will be a small outdoor event at the Hillside Cemetery at 10 a.m. to commemorate Memorial Day. Following the event, there will be a congregation at the American Legion Post 86 on Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center, where individually wrapped and prepared food will be handed out to visitors to eat at the property’s picnic tables or to take home. There will be no Memorial Day parade. As planning for the parade is typically started at the top of the year, uncertainty around distancing protocols caused difficulties in preperation, according to the parade committee. American flags will also be placed on each veteran’s grave.

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This Monday, May 31, there will be a small outdoor event at Hillside Cemetery on Ridgefield Road at 10 a.m. to commemorate Memorial Day.

Following the event, there will be a congregation at the American Legion Post 86 on Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center, where individually wrapped and prepared food will be handed out to visitors to eat at the property’s picnic tables or to take home.

There will be no Memorial Day parade. As planning for the parade is typically started at the top of the year, uncertainty around distancing protocols caused difficulties in preperation, according to the parade committee.

The event at Hillside Cemetery will feature members of the Wilton High School band, a vocalist and a speech by guest speaker Jim Newton, a veteran of the Vietnam War and the United States Marine Corps. Frank Dunn will act as the Grand Marshal.

American flags will be placed on each veteran’s grave. Those flags are also purchased by the American Legion and placed by volunteers including members of American Legion Post 86, Wilton CERT and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Should you find your loved one without a flag, you may contact Tom Moore at legionpost86@gmail.com to be supplied with one.