Westport Loves A Parade

Crowds seemed a bit thin for today’s Memorial Day parade — but that could have been because nearly everyone in Westport was marching.

Here’s the “06880” view:

Grand marshal Bob Satter has a smile and a story for everyone.

Grand marshal Bob Satter — age 90, and a World War II vet — has a smile and a story for everyone.

Other veterans follow, in very cool cars.

Other veterans follow, in very cool cars.

The Carpenter family welcomes guests to their 1877 home, near the end of the parade on Myrtle Avenue.

The Carpenter family welcomes guests to their 1877 home, near the end of the parade route on Myrtle Avenue.

1st Selectman Jim Marpe, in his 1st parade as town leader. Behind him are State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, 3rd Selectman Helen Garten and 2nd Selectman Avi Kaner.

1st Selectman Jim Marpe, in his 1st parade as town leader. Behind him are State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, 3rd Selectman Helen Garten and 2nd Selectman Avi Kaner.

Yesterday, Bill Meyer was in the hospital. Today -- wearing his Sunrise Rotary gear -- he rides in the parade.

Yesterday, Bill Meyer was in the hospital. Today — wearing his Sunrise Rotary gear — he rides in the parade.

The Sweet Frog mascot is not a veteran.

The Sweet Frog mascot is not a veteran.

Ted Diamond and his wife Carol, on Veterans Green before the ceremony. Ted -- now 96, and the 2007 grand marshal -- flew 50 missions during World War II.

Ted Diamond and his wife Carol, on Veterans Green before the ceremony. Ted — now 96, and the 2007 grand marshal — flew 50 missions during World War II.

This sign on the parade route says it all.

This sign on the parade route says it all.

Staples junior Jack Baylis sings “America the Beautiful” at the ceremony on Veterans Green.

 

6 responses to “Westport Loves A Parade

  1. Barbara Sherburne '67

    Do you have any more video? I love the photos and the information. Thanks.

  2. Ellen Jent

    Dan thanks for capturing the parade and honorees in all their glory! 25 plus years and the parade gets better every year! Happy Memorial Day!

  3. Peter Barlow

    Nice to see my Westport neighbor Bob Satter after all these years.
    He’s looking just fine.

  4. Lynn Jeffery

    Hi Dan and 06880 Community,
    Does someone know what is the regulation about commercial marketing at the parade? Young women were assertively selling services and handing out promo cards, three times, to us happy parade watchers and clappers, and it was for the most material, unconnected business of women’s hair removal waxing! What a sad value connection to honoring our veterans and community service leaders. They were actually aggressive and on the 3rd time coming around so we asked if this was an appropriate thing to do, and the young woman was well-rehearsed saying, “a lawyer owns the business and I’m doing what I was told to do.” I was truly ashamed that leg hair waxing was the sad values symbol for one of our town’s most cherished family traditions in our Memorial Day hometown parade. We’ve had non-profits handing out information, and many groups who hand out flags, but never hair removal sales cards. Thoughts?

  5. Taylor, Charlie

    Wonderful stuff Dan!

    Charlie

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