Every year since I moved to Westport eleven years ago, I have marched in the town's Memorial Day parade except for a rare trip or a few times that it was canceled due to lightning and thunder. It's an adorable small town parade. The town politicians and veterans groups lead the way with bands, sports teams, scouts, local businesses and more. Today was a perfect day for a parade. What better way could we kick off Memorial Day?
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from five of our town's six different units marched together carrying a historic American flag with just 48 stars.
The older Scouts did a fabulous job organizing the younger Cub Scouts and managing the parade. In Scouts it's all about youth leadership and these young men did a fine job. After the parade, the older Scouts worked together with some adult assistance to properly fold the historic flag so it will be ready for next year's parade.
Today let us remember those who sacrificed for us. From the brave souls at Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, Saratoga, Trenton, Yorktown, New Orleans, Tripoli, Montezuma, Manassas, Gettysburg, San Juan Hill, Belleau Woods, North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, Guadalcanal, Bastogne, Mt. Suribachi, Okinawa, Pusan Perimeter, Chosin Reservoir, Khe San, Hue city, Beirut, Kuwait City, Fallujah, Bagdad and Afghanistan, in the skies over Europe, the pacific and all over the world. From the many places where Americans served and gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can be free, let us not forget. They gave up their tomorrows for our today. God bless these brave souls.