Though rain canceled Westport’s Memorial Day parade for the 1st time since 2003, the ceremony went on at Town Hall.
Grand marshal Tracy Sugarman — a D-Day veteran, artist, author, civil rights activist and 60-year Westport resident — gave a resounding keynote speech. He talked about war, peace, America, life — and the future of our country.
For an excerpt, click the YouTube arrow below:
Two fife and drums corps played. Their marches rang throughout the packed auditorium.
The Staples band opened the ceremony, and closed with a rousing “Armed Forces Salute” (click YouTube arrow below).
Staples senior Tori Schachne sang the national anthem. At her side — as he was throughout the ceremony, and for the past 41 Memorial Day parades — stood organizer Bill Vornkahl.
Reverend John Branson gave a powerful invocation and benediction. His opening words are below:
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!