Memorial Day Soldiers On In Westport

Grand marshal Tracy Sugarman

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:


2 responses to “Memorial Day Soldiers On In Westport

  1. The Dude Abides

    A great tradition that brings the best out in Westport. To my fallen comrades, I salute you this day. To those who still serve, a speedy
    and safe ride home.

  2. Tom Feeley

    Well said, Dude.

    “For all sad words of tongue and pen,
    the saddest are these, ‘It might have been ‘.”
    John Greenleaf Whittier

    That’s the sad part.
    TAPS, brothers, TAPS.
    Taps and tears.