Memorial Day 2023: Photo Album #2

Drum and bugle corps, before the parade. (Photo/Molly Alger)

Reminding parade-goers of the July 9 “LymanAID” event for our sister city in Ukraine. (Photo/Nancy Diamond)

Grand marshal Ben Pepper was awarded a Purple Heart for his heroism at the Battle of the Bulge. He celebrates his 100th birthday in July. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Marine Corps veteran Michael Calise. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Tons of softball players … (Photo/Keri Stedman)

… and Little Leaguers … (Photo/Polly Newman)

… and Cub Scouts. (Photo/Frank Rosen)

A timely reminder for the next Red Cross blood drive. (Photo/Polly Newman)

Westport’s Minute Man … or Westport’s Andrew Colabella? (Photo/Paula Schooler)

Another “veteran”: a Westport police car. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Old radio patrol car; new license plate. (Photo/Frank Rosen)

Former 1st Selectman Jim Marpe marched for many years. Today, he and his family were happy spectators. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Float competition judges, in front of Town Hall. From left: Diana Heisinger, Betty Lou Cummings, Jennna Bean, Ruth Whelan (Photo/Polly Newman)

More photos coming soon!

6 responses to “Memorial Day 2023: Photo Album #2

  1. Tom Duquette, SHS '75

    Great photos Dan, thanks for posting them. Grand marshal Ben Pepper was awarded a Purple Heart, there’s no “Purple Star.” Since he served at the Battle of the Bulge a Bronze Star or Silver Star is a distinct possibility.

  2. Karen Como

    Was that really Andrew Colabella posing as the minute man?
    That was a great float! I thought he was a statue until I saw his head move. Well done!

    • Andrew Colabella

      Yup that was me 🤣 last time I did it was 2019. My legs are finally getting use to it.

      What was meaningful to me was not only replicating the brave settlers of our town, but I used my grandfathers rifle from WWII.

  3. Great pics! Was a great parade, so many in it! Do you know who th 4 Float judges are?

  4. Tom Feeley

    Float competition’s bunting is upside down 👎🏻
    The honor color Blue goes on top 🇺🇸🇺🇸