Memorial Day parade plans under way

Salute our Heroes is this year’s theme for the upcoming Memorial Day parade. The Memorial Day committee, chaired by USMC veteran Raymond Tobiassen, has been at work planning for the next Wilton parade, which will take place on Monday, May 30.

The committee is working to line up organizations and individuals who would like to take part this year, people who would like to enter a float in the parade, organize marching teams, or in any other way show support for all military services.

The committee receives no funding from the town so donations are always welcome from businesses or private citizens. Requests to enter the parade or give donations may be mailed to Wilton Memorial Day Committee, P.O. Box 75, Wilton, CT 06897.

The parade, led by Grand Marshal James Turnbull, a World War II Navy veteran, will begin at 10 a.m at 21 River Road, proceed through town, past the Veterans Memorial Green, Old Town Hall and the Wilton Congregational Church, ending up at Hillside Cemetery where veterans living and deceased will be honored with speeches, song and music.

This year’s chaplin will be the Rev. Steve Kim of Zion's Hill United Methodist Church and the keynote speaker will be Chris Ladd, a member of American Legion Post 86 in Wilton. Ladd retired as a Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Attack Helicopter pilot after 24 years of service, and now lives in Weston.