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CONTACT: Laura Soll, Communications, Cell 860-833-4466
MEDIA ADVISORY: Sunday, Nov.
6, 2016 – “17th CT Veterans Parade”, Hartford
Connecticut residents of all ages are encouraged to take a
few hours to come, watch, cheer and say, “Thank You” at the 17th
annual parade this Sunday, Nov. 6 in Hartford. Parade’s Presenting Sponsor
· Biggest veterans parade in all of New England and one of the largest salutes to veterans in U.S.· Nearly 3,000 Marchers expected – almost all of them U.S. veterans, from past conflicts as well as active soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
· Kicking off the parade will be the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devil Marching Band.
· Also marching: Veterans groups; patriotic commissions; municipalities; drill teams; pipe & drum and fife & drum corps; middle/high school bands, Gov. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Wyman, federal, state & local elected officials.
11:30 p.m. Wreath-Laying Ceremony to Remember Veterans at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch. Color Guard, band and bugler (will play Taps) from The First Company Governors Foot Guard, with CTDVA Commissioner Sean M. Connolly, the three 2016 Parade Marshals, and winner of Parade’s student essay contest 8th grader Rachel Coppinger of West Simsbury placing wreath.
12:30 p.m. Parade steps off near State Capitol Building at Buckingham and Washington Streets marches alongside Bushnell Park.
1:30 p.m. Moment of Silence – Parade stops in place to remember servicemen and women who gave their lives for freedom. Volunteers hold up Silence signs. At end of minute, National Anthem is sung, Hartford church bells toll, and a C-130H personnel and cargo transport aircraft from the Connecticut Air National Guard’s 103rd Airlift Wing will soar overhead.
· NEW Parade Route and NEW Reviewing Stand location, showcasing Bushnell Park – Map attached
- Shorter Route will focus on area around Hartford’s historic Bushnell Park. As in the past, it will step off at the intersection of Buckingham and Washington Streets near the State Capitol Building, and march North up Trinity Street. But this year, will turn right onto Jewell Street, then right onto Wells Street, passing through Pulaski Circle and past Elm Street, then finally turning right onto Hudson Street where it will end at Capital Avenue. Assembly area for marchers is in the same location as past years.
- New Parade Reviewing Stand location at the intersection of Pulaski Circle and Elm St. near the Pump House Gallery in the park’s Southeast corner. Parade Information booth will be near the stand.
- Assembly area for marchers same location as in past years.
- Spectators will have a better viewing experience this year. People can move around Bushnell Park and watch the procession from many different angles, or bring a lawn chair and simply sit and cheer in one place. Variety of food trucks expected on Trinity and Elm Streets in the Park.
- 2016 collectible Parade lapel pins can be purchased for $4 at Parade Info booth near Reviewing Stand in southeast corner of the park, or in advance at www.CTVeteransParade.org/about/pins/.
- Bushnell Park Carousel will offer $1 per ride for all ages, as always. A Support Our Survivors of Iwo Jima exhibit also will be in the park.
THREE (3) PARADE MARSHALS:
· Former Disbursing Clerk Third Class John (Jack) G. Casey Jr. of Groton, U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran and an Assistant State Captain and current Board member of the Connecticut Patriot Guard Riders who has dedicated his life to helping other veterans.
· Lt. Col. (Ret) Walter J. Hushak of Southington – Veteran of U.S Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force Reserve who, at age 93, proudly marches in uniform at every CT Veterans Parade. Hushak was a World War II pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber in the Pacific. He then served in the Air Force Reserve for 27 years
· Chief Warrant Officer Five Mark S. Marini, Sr. of Suffield, who has 41 years of military service with the Connecticut Army National Guard, the past 17 of those as the Command Chief Warrant Officer of the CTNG’s Joint Force Headquarters.· On Sundays, no cost to park at Downtown Hartford street meters, except in restricted areas.
Several Downtown parking garages and surface lots may offer discounted parking.
· Parade has been recognized for 7th year in a row by U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Day Committee in Washington, D.C. as one of nation’s official “Veterans Day Regional Sites.” The Parade is one of only 47 recipients nationwide, and the only Connecticut honoree!
Eighth grader Rachel Coppinger of West Simsbury, an 8th grader
at Henry James Memorial School in Simsbury, won First Place winner of the
Parade’s 2016 Student Essay contest, and will ride in parade. She and the two Runners-Up, Mehr Chhatre of Hamden, a 7th grader
at Hamden Middle School, and Stephanie
Hernandez Rodriguez of Manchester,
an 8th grader at Illing Middle School in Manchester all read their
essays at a special ceremony in the State Capitol’s Hall of Flags on October
27. The contest is presented by The Navy League of the U.S.-Hartford Council &
CT Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
· Parade is organized by a nonprofit collaboration of veterans’ groups, corporations, local municipalities, businesses and civic organizations. CT National Guard assists with the management of parade logistics and is a member of the planning committee.
MAP of Parade Route, Parade LOGO,
COMMEMORATIVE PIN Image & All Event Details at
CTVeteransParade.org or 860-986-7254
Facebook: Connecticut Veterans Parade, and Twitter: @CTVetsParade
FOR INTERVIEWS, PARADE PHOTOS OR TO SCHEDULE LIVE SHOTS,
CONTACT: Laura Soll, Communications, 860-688-4499 or Cell 860-833-4466