The Cheshire Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m., will be the 54th annual parade, following the postponement in 2020 and the modified motorcade parade last year.
The Parade Committee has announced the Honorary Grand Marshals for 2022, with a nod to The Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial coming to Cheshire on June 1–6. With respect and honor to those veterans who are listed on the Wall, the two Cheshire residents who were killed in action — John Gravil, CHS class of ’65, U.S. Marine Corps, and Gary Richards, CHS Class of ’61, U.S. Army — will be honored in this year’s parade.
After a two-year hiatus due to pandemic concerns, the Parade Committee is organizing the traditional parade that residents are used to. Last year, despite torrential rain, the town honored veterans who sacrificed all in service to our country with a veterans-only motorcade that traveled through town. The event drew lots of veterans riding in the cars and patriotic crowds along the route, who cheered as the veterans passed by, honoring their fallen brothers and sisters who served in the military. The Parade Committee felt it was so successful, despite the weather and the pandemic situation, that they are again inviting all veterans who want to participate in Division 1 in the parade.
All cars in the parade will have signage on both side doors allowing parade-goers the opportunity to thank them for their service as they pass along Route 10.
Parade Marshal will be John White, Memorial Day Parade Committee Lead and Commander of the VFW Post 10052. He will be riding with the 2022 Parade Chaplain Chaplain Randy Tapp of the American Legion. Division Commanders will be Leslie Marinaro, Danielle and Dylan DeNuzzo, Tom Marinaro, and Andrew Martelli. The Parade will be part of many Memorial Day weekend events in Town starting with the Wreath Ceremony at the Cheshire’s First Congregational Church green at 11 a.m., and Flags Across Cheshire, where flags are placed on veterans’ graves in cemeteries at 1 p.m., both on Saturday, May 28.
The Cheshire Parks & Recreation Department is seeking final applications for businesses and organizations that would like to participate in the 2022 Parade. Last-minute participants can go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/CheshierMemorialDayParade2022 to apply or call the Parks & Rec Department at (203) 272-2743.
Any veterans who would like to participate in the Veterans Motorcade in the Parade should contact Parade Committee Veteran Liaison, Leslie Marinaro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 631-7762 for more information.