That was the word on the lips of those who came out for Easton’s annual Memorial Day parade this year. Everyone from observers to marchers to speakers commemorating the day made the observation. This year’s parade was a time to honor those who have sacrificed for our country and an opportunity to come together safely after more than a year of social distancing and sheltering in place.
Although the parade wasn’t confirmed until early this month, many residents from Easton and neighboring towns still showed up to show their support for the event and catch up with neighbors and friends.
The parade featured the usual groups of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, sports teams, and veterans marching alongside Easton farm tractors and colorful balloon displays. Dolly Curtis, the winner of this year’s Anne Lindquist Library Spirit Award, waved at the crowd from a red convertible.
Despite the celebratory air, speakers and onlookers alike remembered the solemnity that comes with Memorial Day. Girl Scout parents Stephanie Duque, Kerri Blawie, and Rhonda Capeci explained that for them the parade is not only an annual tradition for the Girl Scout troop every year but an opportunity to teach their children about what the day really means.
“I’m humbled to be here,” said First Selectman Bindelglass in his speech to the crowd. “Today is about remembrance and recognizing sacrifice,” he said.
During the ceremony, Don Rodgerson, commander, and American Legion Post 160 recognized three veterans who have been members for more than 50 years. They are James R. Candee, Frank B. McGuire, and Winthrop Bibbins, who has been a member for 70 years.
The event concluded with cheers in response to the reminder that Easton’s annual Fireman’s Carnival—a town tradition since 1923—will take place in August after be cancelled last year due to Covid-19.