Thanks to all who submitted photos of today’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony. I received hundreds, and can’t run them all.
Today meant a lot to Westporters. It touched our hearts. It made us think about who we are, and what we want to be. And it made us deeply proud of our neighbors, our community, and all who have sacrificed to make this day possible.
World War II veterans like Joe Schachter had a special place of honor … (Photo/Ted Horowitz)
… and there were several cars with them. (Photo/Molly Alger)
Navy veteran Rick Benson (Photo/Ted Horowitz)
Leonard Everett Fisher (Photo/Ted Horowitz)
Bill Vornkahl — a Korean War veteran — has organized over 65 Westport Memorial Day parades. (Photo/Dan Woog)
Boy Scouts honor the flag. (Photo/Ted Horowitz)
The Fire Department held its annual ceremony, honoring its members who have served. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)
1st Selectman Jim Marpe leads the political contingent … (Photo/Ted Horowitz)
… and the Blue Jays follow. (Photo/Whitney D’Angelo)
The Westport Paddle Club’s float echoed this year’s parade theme: Honoring Women in the Military. The WPC won “Most Creative Float” honors. (Photo/Robbie Guimond)
A Revolutionary War soldier (with sunglasses), aka Miggs Burroughs. One youngster — who really needs to learn history — asked, “Is he a pirate?” (Photo/Dan Woog)
Besides publishing (and taking photos for) Westport Local Press and working as an educator Jaime Bairaktaris volunteers as an EMT. He marched proudly with them today — and wore out his shoes. (Photo/Dan Woog)
Remarkable Theater founder Doug Tirola (left) and Marine Corps veteran Michael Calise share a taste in shirt themes. (Photo/Dan Woog)