Special thank-you tribute to veterans

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Diane Cece and Patty Frattaroli would like to decorate Norwalk’s Memorial Day parade with a “sea of thank yous” on East Avenue.

By Diane Cece and Patty Frattaroli

NORWALK, Conn. — Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, and Norwalk’s parade is once again a great opportunity for our residents to not only remember those who gave their lives in service, but also to say “thanks” to our veterans at the parade.

It’s also the event when a powerful, heartfelt gesture overwhelms us all: residents from all over Norwalk and every walk of life holding colorful red, white and blue “Thank You” signs as our veterans pass by.

Last we created a “Sea of Thank You’s” from the East Norwalk train station to the Norwalk Inn. This year, thanks to the generosity of Fran DiMeglio and our friends at Northrup Grumman Corporation, we have more than 5,000 signs, and will have a “Wall of Thank You’s” from the East Avenue Cemetery all the way to The Green!

Volunteers from across the city help us distribute the signs to parade goers, and we always appreciate more help.

Saying “Thank you” to our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice is important. So when you join your neighbors at the parade this year, please watch for our volunteers distributing the signs, and be sure to get one to proudly hold as our veterans pass by. Then keep your sign for all the Norwalk events where our veterans are honored.

For more information, or to volunteer to help us distribute the signs, please contact Diane at [email protected] or 203-854-6930.

Diane Cece

Patty Frattaroli




One response to “Special thank-you tribute to veterans”

  1. Joanne Romano

    Kudos to you Diane and Thank You to all who came out to place flags on our Veterans graves last Saturday! We will miss Northrop Grumman’s support and especially Fran’s never ending dedication to our Veterans and our troops! Although I’m willing to bet she will be right out there with us next year and years to come to continue this tradition! On that note we are looking for donations/sponsors for flags for next year and future years so if anyone would like to help out please let me know. [email protected] This is one tradition we don’t want to lose of! Happy Memorial Day All! Stay Safe and do a kind deed for a Veteran or enlisted man/women this weekend! See you all at the parade…I’m honored to be driving one of our Veterans!

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