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Norwalk photos: 2022 Memorial Day Parade

A classic C-130 tactical airplane flies overhead, courtesy of the Connecticut Air National Guard. (Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s annual Memorial Day Parade, “Honor Our Veterans-Support Our Troops,” made its way from Veterans Park to the town green Monday, drawing families out on a sunny but not-too-warm morning, many of them holding “Thank You Veterans” signs. The festivities included a classic C-130 tactical airplane flying overhead, courtesy of the Connecticut Air National Guard.

Here’s a “few” photographs for you to enjoy.

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Lucia Rilling and Mayor Harry Rilling. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25). (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

A classic C-130 tactical airplane flies overhead, courtesy of the Connecticut Air National Guard. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

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West Rocks Middle School. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

West Rocks Middle School. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

From left, Common Council members Nora Niedzielski-Eichner (D-At Large), Barbara Smyth (D-At Large), David Heuvelman (D-District A), Josh Goldstein (D-At Large) and State Rep. Stephanie Thomas (D-143). (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

Common Council member Greg Burnett (D-At Large). (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

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Republican State Rep. candidate Luis Estrella, a member of the Norwalk Exchange Club. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

Wilton Quaker Meeting member, Virginia Auster, 98, right, marched with People for a Peaceful Tomorrow as a long term peace advocate and was saluted by a veteran in uniform on the sidelines, Diane Keefe said. Norwalk-based members of Wilton Quaker Meeting have organized a peace witness as part of the parade for more than a dozen years. (Contributed)

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From left, Norwalk Police Deputy Chief James Walsh, Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik and Deputy Norwalk Police Chief Susan Zecca. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

The Saint Ann Club. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

The driver of this vehicle was told not to display his “Let’s Go Brandon” sign because “there are no politics allowed in the Memorial Day parade,” said Jeff DeWitt, Chairman of the Military & Veterans Liaison Committee. The sign was removed from his rear trunk and put inside the vehicle at the start of the parade. In addition, he was not a registered driver of a veteran in the parade, DeWitt said. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

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Mohinder Singh Kalsi hands out water, along with other members of Connecticut Sikhs. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

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Bill Collins, former national board member of Veterans for Peace and veteran of the Korean War, seated,Tori Nappy of West Norwalk, Jamie Brunstad of East Norwalk and Mike Mushak of South Norwalk memorialized the war dead through marching in support of peacebuilding. (Contributed)

Norwalk Karting Association. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

Waiting for the parade. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

A Norwalk Exchange Club member hands out free flags. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

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Brien McMahon High School Marching Band. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

Brien McMahon High School Marching Band. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

Norwalk High School Marching Band. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

Norwalk High School Marching Band. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

Mike Mushak marches with People for a Peaceful Tomorrow (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

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John Levin marches with People for a Peaceful Tomorrow. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

The American Legion float. (Nancy Guenther Chapman)

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19 comments

Jalna Jaeger June 1, 2022 at 6:13 am

The ,”Let’s go Brandon “signs were disgusting, and had no place in the parade! Our Vets fought for freedom and democracy, not for an Autocrat like trump to be president forever! I can’t believe that Norwalk would let people in the parade basically giving spectators the finger! Deplorable and disgusting!

Jeff DeWitt June 1, 2022 at 6:17 am

Two observations that the public should be aware of:

1) The driver of the red Mustang with the “Lets Go Brandon” sign, was told not to display the sign because “there are no politics allowed in the Memorial Day parade.” The sign was removed from his rear trunk and put inside the vehicle at the start of the parade. In addition, he was not a registered driver of a veteran in the parade.

2) The vehicle from Forever Sweets did not fill out an application to be in the parade. He inserted himself into the parade without the knowledge of parade organizers.

On a positive note, it was a great turnout from the residents and perfect weather. The flyover of a C-130 from the Connecticut Air National Guard was a highlight for many who attended. Many thanks to them.

Jeff DeWitt
Chairman, Military & Veterans Liaison Committee
City of Norwalk

Patricia H. June 1, 2022 at 8:47 am

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.I so miss Norwalk’s Memorial Day parade.If I wasn’t participating, I was viewing this annual event.

A. Cahill June 1, 2022 at 8:54 am

Disappointed you included the picture of the person holding the “Let’s Go Brandon” sign. It was competely inappropriate (and most people surrounding us at the parade agreed). This type of display did not belong in an event honoring fallen veterans, let alone given more visibility on your website.

Piberman June 1, 2022 at 9:14 am

Who sets the rules of old fashioned “decorum” in our Memorial Day parades ? Some of the banners were offensive. Or can we now say anything we want in a ceremony originally designed to honor those who served and pay tribute to those who did not return ?

Jessica Garnett June 1, 2022 at 10:13 am

The “Let’s Go Brandon” sign is super classy 🙄 What an embarrassment for our city.

Piberman June 1, 2022 at 10:29 am

Its long puzzled me why we encourage our elected leaders to take prominent positions in our parades honoring “those who served”. Especially “those who did not return”. Some of us are old enough to remember when Memorial Celebrations were real “celebrations of appreciation”. Not parades of politicians and local businesses advertising their wares. Once upon a time troops of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other service organizations were core elements. But at the head of the Parade were always “those who served”. We ought exclude politicians from our Memorial Day Parades originally designed to honor those “who served our nation’.

Highland Avenue Neighbor June 1, 2022 at 3:59 pm

Memorial day is to remember those men and women of our armed forces that made the ultimate sacrifice, and were lost in combat serving in our armed forces.

The only flag that should be displayed or marched with is the U.S. flag.

Let’s Go Brandon signs are inappropriate.

The flags and messaging of Mike Mushak are also political and inappropriate.

Russ June 1, 2022 at 5:44 pm

I object to NON’s decision to include the photo of the car with the offensive political sign mentioned in several comments. There was no place for this in the parade. Publicizing this sort of juvenile stunt only encourages others to do the same. This isn’t news and has no place on a news site.

Seriously? June 1, 2022 at 6:54 pm

I, too, am very sorry that you posted the picture of that sophomoric fool who had the sign that he thinks is clever. While the sign would be tasteless in any situation, it is also disrespectful in a parade that is intended to honor American veterans. That driver had no interest in honoring veterans; he wanted only to have an audience for his childish behavior.

Joe Biden isn’t someone I especially like, but I have greater self respect and far greater regard for those who have honorably served our country than to behave the way that that driver did. He doesn’t owe me anything, but he owes veterans an apology.

Milly June 2, 2022 at 5:16 am

In the future any vehicles not registered to be in the parade should not be in the parade – seems like a big safety lapse to allow that. Also once the sign kept being displayed someone should have removed it.

Jalna Jaeger June 2, 2022 at 7:27 am

Jeff Dewitt
what are you going to do about the idiotic , “Let’s go Brandon” sign drivers? It is not enough to say that they were instructed not to display their signs! They did! What is your next step? I would like a public apology!

Diane Lauricella June 2, 2022 at 8:10 am

Thank you Nancy for letting us know about the clown in the red Mustang.

Let’s name him. Who is he?

Why? Because it will hold him to account, help the Veteran’s Parade Committee have stricter enforcement of their rules(he should have been asked to exit the parade for going against their request) and help remind all what this Memorial Day is really about.

Having this photo on this site informed us, just like a good investigative journalist should…

Steve Mann June 2, 2022 at 2:50 pm

Wow, a good old public lynching! Really folks? As inappropriate as the LGB sign was, let’s keep in mind that one reason you’re paying five bucks a gallon for gas, et.al., is because you couldn’t take a few mean tweets. Thanks for the virtue signals, but I have no problem recognizing how frustrated people are these days. And no, you did not witness a white supremacist, ultra-MAGA, racist display.

Patrick Cooper June 2, 2022 at 5:47 pm

I stopped going – exactly because of this nonsense.

I had a friend who went to Tulane University – I would visit him often (not just at Mardi Gras). I believe I was fortunate to witness what locally they detail as a “funeral cortege”, but is widely known as a “Jazz Funeral”. The procession moves in the most deliberate, respectful, and orderly fashion, openly grieving and paying homage to the dearly departed….until a horn player would sing out, and let everyone know – it’s time for celebration. It’s a magnificent tribute.

The memorial day parade has traditionally been about those who served, specifically – for those who served but did not return. The ultimate sacrifice. The tomb of the unknown soldier. The first part of the New Orleans parade. For the small sliver of people at this event that honored that – our gratitude.

But “No Politics” ??? – pu-leeeze. Bob & Harry think this is about them (Bob – did you serve?) – they think this is a great time to get face-time with the constituents. Photo Ops. Feed their ego’s. Unlike New Orleans – they skip the respect and go right for the celebration – of themselves. Instead of flags – they should pass out airline sickness bags.

Not about politics? 80% of these photo’s are about politics – many NoN favorites for sure.

Me? No, I bought some flowers and flags, and went to Saint Mary’s cemetery off North Street in Greenwich, to pay my respects – to acknowledge sacrifices, to pay tribute to real patriots – not idiots who have agenda’s that are about themselves – cloaked in faux respect for those who served.

If this Mr. DeWitt is the real deal, he should demand that next years parade put’s 100% of the attention on those deserving – and exclude pandering politico’s and agenda attention seekers who wouldn’t know what “service to your county” really means. Do you think the kid’s would miss them?

Mack June 2, 2022 at 7:44 pm

Jalna Jaeger……I agree with you that the “LGB” sign had no place being displayed in the parade. It was totally inappropriate. However, I do not understand why you would go on to somehow attempt to link former President Trump to this sign. You certainly have a right to dislike/hate Trump, but along with this recognize that others have an equal right to dislike, or even hate Biden. Trump had absolutely nothing to do with the coining this very popular and widely spread slogan “Let’s Go Brandon”. Trump is no longer our President. He is gone. Why even mention him? Instead, we should comment on all of the great policies that Biden has put into place over the past 16 months. Record gasoline prices. Crime in our cities reaching epidemic levels. Inflation at an all time high. A possible recession right around the corner. Overspending leading to the highest national debt ever. Policies that have stymied economical growth and job creation. Empty shelves at grocery stores. Record high prices for food, milk, bread, eggs and the basics us little folks require to just get by. Even a shortage of baby formula. And let’s not even mention his open border policies that have given us record numbers of illegals entering our country, undocumented, no back ground checks, no medical checks and no way for them to take care of themselves. But Biden is giving them free cell phones, free transportation to the city of their choice. Monthly welfare and living assistance, Free medical, education, housing credits. Sadly, I voted for Biden but never in my wildest imagination expected he would ever be this pathetic. He has been a complete failure and embarrassment. Have a nice day.

Andrew June 2, 2022 at 7:46 pm

Very nice pictures, makes me miss Norwalk and the people. Thank you for putting those up.

Taxpayer June 2, 2022 at 9:08 pm

Let’s not forget Biden’s oldest son served in the Army and the Iraq war and died from cancer. That sign is completely inappropriate. I’m glad it was posted here. While Norwalk does not deserve the divisiveness and distraction, it’s good to see the diversity in the community, and how people came out to honor the sacrifices that have been made for our freedoms.

Justataxpayer June 3, 2022 at 6:50 am

No politics in the parade???

Besides innocuous color guard the only flags to be shown should be AMERICAN flags. If we allow pride flags then doesn’t the first admendment allow for Lets Go Brandon signs? Why not BLM flags? How about a Marxist flag? Let’s not forget NAMBLA flags (at least they are not has offensive as Swaztikas)

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