The weekend clouds parted and the temperature rose, just in time for today’s Memorial Day parade.
From the Westport Y’s Men’s prize-winning Vietnam Wall float, to grand marshal Leonard Everett Fisher’s powerful speech — the 89-year-old recalled watching Civil War veterans marching in parades when he was young — it was a glorious, colorful (and sobering) tribute to our nation’s heritage.
And a much-needed reminder of the countless sacrifices that have been made so that we can enjoy a day — and a life — like this in Westport.
The Y’s Men’s float paid solemn tribute to Vietnam veterans.
The Carpenters’ house on Myrtle Avenue is a favorite spot for pancakes and parade-watching.
What’s a Westport Memorial Day parade without an imported fife-and-drum corps?
Kids march with every kind of group: sports, Scouts, music and more.
A vintage car with vintage firearms carried veterans.
A simple sign, along the parade route.
Grand marshal Leonard Everett Fisher gave a strong speech, with a powerful message. He also noted that he last wore his uniform officially 67 years ago — and it still fits.
Staples trumpeter Devon Lowman played “Taps.” Adam Mirkine echoed the poignant notes.
(Click below — or click here — for the Staples High School Band’s stirring “Armed Forces March.”)