West Hartford takes great pride in hosting its annual Memorial Day Parade which is held on the national holiday (last Monday of May) at 10:00 AM. It follows a tradition established by returning West Hartford veterans from World War I in the 1920s.
The West Hartford Commission on Veterans Affairs welcomes all veterans, with a group or alone, to join us in the parade. Organizations that have a veteran or military focus or purpose, may participate in the parade as well.
Memorial Day is all about remembering those who died while preserving our country’s freedom. We ask that all participating organizations provide at least ONE NAME of a veteran that they will be honoring on Memorial Day. This name will be announced along with your organization’s name as you walk by the review stand/stage. The veteran may be a family member or a special friend of someone in your group or an historical figure. You decide who you would like to honor on this national holiday.
Line of March: Assembly of parade units will take place at 9:30 AM in designated areas west of Woodrow Street on Farmington Avenue. The parade begins on Farmington Avenue, at the intersection of Woodrow Street, and contingents will march east on Farmington Avenue and then shall turn south onto South Main Street, marching on the east side of the Goodman Green to Burr Street. The parade shall turn left onto Burr Street and into the Town Hall parking lot to be dismissed by their Leaders. Exception: the antique cars shall continue south onto South Main Street to the Boulevard to exit the parade.
Review: The parade shall be reviewed by the parade officials from the reviewing stand located at the south end of the Goodman Green. Parade officials shall march in the parade to the reviewing stand and either fall out, or continue to the end and make their way back to the reviewing stand.
Weather Contingency: If weather appears to be a factor on the day of the parade, units will be informed by email as soon as possible. THERE IS NO RAIN DATE. The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held indoors at the Town Hall Auditorium at 11 AM.
Memorial Day Ceremony: Immediately following the parade at about 11:00 AM, a brief memorial service will be held at the Veterans Memorial, corner of North Main Street and Farmington Avenue. (Rain Location: Town Hall Auditorium, 50 South Main Street).
Volunteers: Volunteers are critical to the organization of this parade. Any person who is high school age or older is welcome to help. Volunteer jobs include Veterans Assistant, Division Assistant, and Division Captain. Contact Renee McCue to sign-up as a volunteer or to learn more about the volunteer positions.
Parking: Free parking ALL DAY at ALL municipal parking sites on Memorial Day.
Starting 12AM on-street parking is prohibited along parade route:
Pleasant St, West side, from Whitman to Farmington
Farmington Ave, both sides, from Walden to Raymond
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