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THING 163 - Greenwich Memorial Day Parades

Memorial Day weekend events in Greenwich

Frank MacEachernStaff Writer
The American Legion Post 29's annual Dockside Memorial Day ceremony will be going ahead as usual Monday morning -- without Richard Blumenthal or Linda McMahon.The ceremony will be held at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, 719 Steamboat Road, and begins at 8 a.m. The U.S. Senate candidates had planned on attending -- with Blumenthal the keynote speaker -- but both bowed out following a controversy over what some saw as the politicizing of a solemn event.Later that morning, one of the highlights of Memorial Day events in Greenwich will be the annual parade in Old Greenwich that begins at 10 a.m. Parade participants begin at Sound Beach Avenue and Shore Acre Drive and finish at Binney Park. Following the parade will be a memorial ceremony with Benjamin Davenport, retired principal of Eastern Middle School, as the guest speaker.There may also be a flyover by the Connecticut Air National Guard, said James Daine, an event organizer.Also at 10 a.m., members of the Byram Veterans Association will lay a wreath in honor of Byram veterans who have served the country in a ceremony at Eugene Morlott Park at the rear of McKinney Terrace.The Byram Veterans Association will also have its annual parade on Sunday. It kicks off at 2 p.m. in front of the association's clubhouse at 300 Delavan Ave. and winds its way through the streets of Byram before finishing with a ceremony at Byram Shubert Library.Latter Sunday at 5 p.m., the Glenville Ninth District Veterans Association Memorial Day parade will be held.It begins at Walker Court, continues left on to Glenville Street, right on to Glenville Road and then right onto Pemberwick Road, where a ceremony will be held at a veterans monument next to the Glenville Fire Station, said Joseph Kralik, commander of the Ninth District Veterans Association.Cos Cob Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1012 will have a memorial event at a later date, said Louis Caravella, a post member.

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