Ridgefield\u2019s Memorial Day parade had a special honoree this year. Joan Breves, a 95-year-old World War II veteran who served in the Navy and is in town visiting her niece this summer, rode in the front of the parade down Main Street on May 28. \u201cThe American Legion's Memorial Day parade coordinator Denis Loncto was very happy to arrange for her to participate in our town\u2019s parade,\u201d said Vicky Flanagan, Breves\u2019 niece. \u201cHer extended family \u2026 traveled into Ridgefield from all over to cheer on her and her brother, Joe (not pictured), who is also a veteran,\u201d Flanagan added. Breves, who lives in Berkeley, Calif. with her daughter, served in the Navy\u2019s communications department during the war. \u201cShe said she was a coder who took important Navy messages and put them into secret code and sent them out to the South Pacific.\u201d During the parade, she rode in the front seat of Bob DeFalco\u2019s Mustang. Joe Schneider rode in the backseat. Before moving to California, Breves lived in Brooklyn. \u201cShe visits once or maybe twice a year as its hard for her to travel at her age,\u201d Flanagan said.