In honor of Monday’s Memorial Day parade, here’s a look back nearly 50 years.
Ed Stalling posted this family home movie on YouTube. Shot in 1969 or ’70 on Riverside Avenue — mostly opposite King’s Texaco (now Sunny Daes) — it shows cops, veterans, the Red Cross, state police cars (with comical 1-bubblegum lights on top), Indian Guides, Little Leaguers, and the Long Lots Junior High band.
Very briefly at the end there’s a shot of the Long Lots band downtown, opposite the old post office (now Design Within Reach).
Half a century ago, the Vietnam War raged. Our country was torn apart — politically, socially and culturally.
But — as shown in the video — Westport had a great Memorial Day parade.
We will on Monday, too. See you there!