2,000 may march in parade next week

Ridgefield’s Annual Memorial Day Parade is schedule to start at 11:30 a.m. from the Jesse Lee Memorial Church marching down Main Street ending in Ballard Park.

This year’s parade features seven bands, many floats and vehicles as well as an estimated 2,000 marching participants.

All parade participants are urged to arrive at the staging area  on the King Lane side of Jesse Lee Church between 10 and 11 a.m.

“It is a tremendous undertaking getting everyone in line for the parade so your utmost cooperation in arriving during this time period is imperative,” said George Besse, commander of the American Legion Pst. “You can drop off your children in the staging area by entering King Lane from High Ridge only.”

King Lane will be a one-way street from 9:30 a.m. until the end of the parade passes. The drop off area is just for dropping off participants;  no parking is allowed except for authorized vehicles. There will be American Legionnaires in all areas to insure your child gets to their designated area.

Floats and vehicles that will be in the parade are to enter King Lane from High Ridge also. They will be directed to   assigned positions for the parade.

The parade will begin with a short wreath laying ceremony at the monument in front of Jesse Lee, concluding with a 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps.

“Proper protocol is for all to remain silent and when Taps is played,” said Mr. Besse. “Hold your hand over your heart and if in uniform render a hand salute.

The parade will end in Ballard Park. A closing ceremony will include short speeches by   guests and patriotic music throughout the program.

“All are invited to this ceremony and we thank you for your support in making this parade one that truly honors those who gave their lives for our freedom,” said Mr. Besse.

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