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Nagatuck Veterans Council in 1999 Parade
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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