Nagatuck Veteran's Council led by T.H. Fitzgerald, Jr.. Photo: Matilda S. Koth, May 31, 1999
Naugatuck Veterans Council Memorial Day Parade
The Naugatuck Veterans Council, a confederation of
five local veterans organizations, conducts the town's annual
Memorial Day parade, billed as the largest in the United States.
The parade of 1999 had 2,500 to 3,000 marchers representing 200
different groups, a dozen bands, and a crowd of 35,000 to 40,000
spectators. The units marched in five divisions: active military
groups, honored guests, and parade officials; veterans units and
their auxiliaries; civic and fraternal groups; scouting groups,
churches, and other community groups; and youth activity groups.
There was even a fly-over of four A-10's from the 103rd Tactical
Fighter Group. High-ranking military speakers are traditionally
present, as are international visitors and dignitaries. The parade
is documented in two videotapes - one taken at the parade and
ceremonies of 1999, and one consisting of interviews with members
of the Veterans Council - and a binder containing background text
and color photographs.
Originally submitted by: James H. Maloney, Representative (5th District).
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