The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade were held on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Robert H. DeFeo was the Grand Marshal – U. S. Air Force, Active 1956-1959, Reserve 1956-1965, Rank – Captain. Peter Shery – U.S. Army – 1953 – 1955, a Korean War Veteran was the Chief of Staff. The Honored Veteran was Donald J. Jewell, honored posthumously, U. S. Coast Guard – 1942 – 1946, a World War 11 Veteran. Paul M. Tarbox, Iraqi Veteran -2004 – 2005, Clerk, Veterans’ Affairs – Connecticut General Assembly was the Keynote Speaker. Diane Raikis sang the National Anthem. Robert Mirto, Esq. was the Master of Ceremonies and Fred O’Brien, Esq. was the Parade Announcer.
Memorial Day was coordinated by Mr. Kevin Gilbert. The services at the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at the Orange Center Cemetery were led by Lewis Merritt, Commander, American Legion Post #127. Wreaths were laid at the monument by the American Legion Auxiliary and the Jewish War Veterans.
We would like to acknowledge those who made the day successful including the Highway Department, the Police Department, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the American Legion and its Auxiliary, and the Fire Department for the use of their communication radios. A special “Thank You” to Chris Small and his Park & Recreation Grounds Crew for preparing the grounds for Memorial Day, the Orange Cemetery Association in memory of Marjorie Case who bequest funds each year to help defray parade costs, The Orange Foundation for the plaques given to the honorees, Lou Eagle of Eagle Leasing for the use of a flat bed trailer that was used as our reviewing stand, Chris Winkle and the Winkle Bus Company for the use of a bus and driver to shuttle people to and from the cemetery and back to the parade grounds, Tom Hill for the use of two outdoor conveniences, Arnold Cuozzo for the poster boards, Fred O’Brien for his audio system, and Ron Davis, OGAT Coordinator, for the DVDs of the parade and ceremonies. Lastly, we thank the school readers, the students who handed out all the flags and programs during the ceremonies and Philip Kozan for playing taps both at the opening and closing ceremonies.
Generous contributions from private parties and organizations were received to honor our fallen veterans and to support the soldiers who are presently serving our country.
Kevin Gilbert, Memorial Day Coordinator