HARTFORD, August 2, 2017Organizers of the CT Veterans Parade have announced that they are not planning a November 2017 procession. The Connecticut Veterans Fund, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, which coordinated the annual parade in Hartford, cites the high cost of running this type of event and the increasing difficulty in raising funds to produce it as contributing factors.

“This was a difficult decision for our committee to make because the parade has been a labor of love for all of us,” explains Ray Lilley, President of the Connecticut Veterans Fund and a retired Army officer and West Point graduate. “But the rising costs of producing an event of this magnitude, combined with funding challenges, and the dwindling number of spectators who come out to cheer on a cold November day has brought us to this conclusion.”

Instead, Lilley and the committee encourage all veterans service organizations, military and veterans support groups, and individual veterans to participate in local annual Veterans Day observances this year that take place in almost every Connecticut town and city. They also urge the public to attend those events to express their gratitude for the servicemen and women who dedicated their lives so all Americans can live in freedom.

“We are grateful to the planning committee, comprised of many veteran service organizations (VSOs), the State of Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, and thousands of individual veterans for their participation and support since 2000, the very first year of the parade,” adds Lilley. “And we thank the many companies, organizations and individuals for their donations of dollars and services over the years.”

The Connecticut Veterans Parade was created by a grass roots organization over a decade ago to honor the men and women who selflessly have given their service so all Americans can live free. With as many as 4,000 marchers in some years, New England’s largest salute to veterans also had been one of the biggest in the nation – a powerful, colorful and emotional site to behold. It was annually recognized by U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Day Committee in Washington, D.C. as one of nation’s official “Veterans Day Regional Sites.”



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