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Wethersfield's monument honoring servicemen who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our country.

Introduction

The Wethersfield Memorial Day Parade will take place Saturday, May 28, 2022 stepping off at 9am, followed by a Memorial Day Ceremony at Village Cemetery immediately following the parade.

The Memorial Day committee is once again requesting financial contributions for the Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities this year. We need your support! Any contribution will be deeply appreciated. Information can be obtained from and contributions made to:
Town of Wethersfield - Memorial Day Celebration
c/o Parks and Recreation Department
505 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109

The Memorial Day Committee would like to encourage all residents to demonstrate their support for the veterans and our country by displaying the American Flag during the weekend.

Contact Information

For more information about the event e-mail the committee at memorial.day@wethersfieldct.gov.

Deceased Veterans Honor Roll

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Sponsorship / Support

The Memorial Day and Veterans Day Committees would like to thank the Wethersfield business community, organizations and volunteers who have given their support and who are helping to make this year's events memorable. If you would like to consider helping us in any manner, please contact the committee at memorial.day@wethersfieldct.gov.

Memorial Day Ceremonies

The Memorial Day Ceremony will take place in Village Cemetery immediately following the parade, approximately 10:30 am..

Memorial Day Address Speaker

Staff Sergeant Juliet Taylor

Staff Sergeant Juliet Taylor enlisted in the US Army 2002-2014. Juliet Served honorable both stateside and overseas to include tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and Operation enduring freedom.
Juliet is a distinguished graduate of the Army Basic Non-commissioned Officer course, Army Warriors and Jr Leader course, Army Equal Opportunity Leaders Representative course, Army Field Sanitation course, Army combat Life Saver course, Patient Administration course, Chaplain Assistant course, Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, Army Suicide Prevention and Awareness Program and Army Contract Apprentice course.

Her awards and decorations include
Army commendation medal
Army good conduct medal
Army reserve component achievement medal 
Global war on terrorism expeditionary medal
Global war on terrorism service medal
Non-commission professional development ribbon
Army Service Ribbon

Today, Juliet continues to serve her community through several non-profit organization: Am Vet, Post 43 (Financial Officer & Woman Advocate), DAV Chapter 13 (woman advocate), DAV State (Sr. Vice Commander); Operation Gift Cards (Advisory Council member); Female Soldier Forgotten Heroes: Home for the Braves (Board Member) in Bridgeport, VFW Post 10059 Trumbull (Service Officer).  She is very instrumental in leading several Veteran fundraising events as well as Veteran Recognition annual events and empowers her civilian counterparts with fostering patriotism and citizenship.  

In addition, Juliet has just completed being a full-time student at the University of Bridgeport – and is now a May 2022 graduate of the Masters in Mental Health Counseling Program.  Juliet lives in Bridgeport and is a proud mother of 3, and grandmother of 5 beautiful grandchildren.


Parade Marshals

WW II Veterans Daniel A. Camilliere and Michael J. O'Toole, Sr.

Michael J. O'Toole, Sr. enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and served as Signalman First Class in the South Pacific aboard the USS Cogswell DD651(A Fletcher Class Destroyer) and later the USS Bracken (Transport).  Michael was honorably discharged in 1946.

Michael was born in Portland Maine in 1925, lived briefly in Ireland and returned to complete high school in Maine.  After his military service he attended and graduated from Georgetown University.  Michael and his wife Millie raised their six children in Newington and eventually settled in Wethersfield.  

 

Daniel A Camilliere was born on March 23, 1922, in Hartford, CT.  He attended all public schools, graduating from Bulkeley High School in 1939. While at Bulkeley High School, he served on the student council where he made many lifelong friends. After graduating from Bulkeley, Dan attended The University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy in New Haven, taking the train to class every day. While at the college, he was elected to the Student Council and served as President for two years. He received the Garvin Award for his enthusiasm and growth at the College and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1943.

In July of 1943, he enlisted in The United States Army and proudly served his country for three years. He spent time training at Fort Devens, Massachusetts and Fort Grant in Illinois before he was deployed to England. From England he was sent to Le Havre, France, and then to Paris as a Pharmacist at The 217th General Hospital.  Dan also served as a Pharmacist working alongside doctors on a medical train that carried passengers from Germany to France.  After his service during WW II, he was honorably discharged in 1946.  Dan always had a love for serving others, and serving his country was a special sacrifice.

Upon his return to Hartford, he worked as a Pharmacist at Javin’s Pharmacy in Hartford’s North End . Then in 1948 Dan entered into a long term partnership with his good friend, classmate, and brother inlaw, Carmelo Vasquez, when they opened the Rialto Pharmacy on Franklin Ave.  From 1948 until 1987 they served and assisted so many Italian immigrants using their native language to help them understand how to use their medications, interpret directions, and other matters. Compassionate customer service was the key to their success. Dan served as secretary of the Hartford Pharmaceutical Society and President of the Connecticut Pharmaceutical Society with over 1000 pharmacists at that time.  He was the recipient of the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding work as a pharmacist and for exemplary community service. Dan was appointed to the position of Chief of the Drug Division for the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. After serving in this position for several years he resigned to devote his time full time to The Rialto Pharmacy.

In 1953 Dan began to pursue his love of the political system when he ran and won a seat on The Hartford City Council. At that time, he was the youngest person to ever serve on the Council. He ended up serving two four-year terms on the City Council.  Dan then was elected to the Connecticut State Senate representing the 3rd district of Hartford for four years. In 1970, Dan, with his wife Rose and their two children, Camille and Anthony, moved to Wethersfield. Here Dan continued his civic involvement by joining the Wethersfield Democratic Town Committee, where he served as secretary for 17 years. At this time, Dan also served as an active member of the Democratic State Central Committee, and continued serving for over 25 years. In 1983, Dan chose to run for Town Council and was elected to serve for the next twelve years. He served two terms as a very popular Mayor. He was known as a person who could bring people together and resolve issues that faced Wethersfield and its citizens.

Upon his retirement, Dan continued to serve the community in many ways. He was an active member of The Church of the Incarnation where he served as a Lector. He is a longstanding member of the Memorial Day Parade Committee and has presided over the ceremony for many years. He served on the Wethersfield High School Renovation Committee, and the Redevelopment Committee.  Dan was a proud member of the Metropolitan District Commission for 18 years.  Also in retirement, Dan was appointed and reappointed by several governors to serve on the State Parole Board as well as the State Mediation and Arbitration Board. Dan is a member of the Wethersfield Chapter of UNICO and is proud to have been a charter member. He has been instrumental in Unico’s Famous Macaroni Dinner, which he co-chaired its first event. The dinner is still going strong so many years later.  Dan epitomizes the club’s motto, “Service Above Self”.  Dan never grows tired of serving his community and is an example of someone who represents what UNICO stands for: Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity and Opportunity. 

In addition to his many accomplishments as a Pharmacist and in the world of politics, Dan has been a devoted family man. He has been married for over 65 years to his very supportive wife, Rose. He is the loving father of daughter - Camille and son-in-law Joe Mogelnicki, and son Tony and daughter-in-law, Anne Camilliere.  Dan has been blessed with 5 grandchildren, to which he is fondly the beloved Papa to Christina, Katelyn, and Lauren Mogelnicki, and Daniel and John Camilliere.  His family is the most precious and important accomplishment in his life. As busy as he was with his work, politics, or volunteering, he has always made time for his family and friends. He was an exceptional son and brother and continues to be a wonderful father, grandfather, uncle and special friend to so many.

In his heart, the largest victories of his life centered around helping others in his community, both Hartford and Wethersfield.  The citizens of these towns have benefitted and have been inspired by his work and commitment to his community.


Essay Contest

Silas Deane Middle School students participated in a Memorial Day essay contest. The winners this year are Ella Komanetsky and Aaliyah Terrero who will be reading their essays at the ceremony following the parade.

The Winning Essays

 

 Flags of Appreciation

In recognition of all veterans, the GFWC/CT of Newington/Wethersfield Womens Club, a member of the General Federation of Womens Clubs, will be displaying a "Flags of Appreciation" to honor our veterans. A series of flags will be displayed in front of the Hurlburt-Dunham house at 212 Main Street during the weekend as a thank you to all our Veterans and members of our Armed Forces.

Information for Marchers for 2022

All marchers are reminded to begin arriving at the line of march beginning at 8:15 a.m. Marchers will be lined up on the grassy area between the DMV and the Solomon Welles House. Vehicles and floats will be lined up in the DMV parking lot and on State Street. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. only parade traffic will be allowed from Hartford Avenue to State Street. Shortly before the parade is to begin traffic will be closed off on State Street from both directions and access to the line of march by vehicle will be prohibited. Group names will be posted and staff will be there to assist you to find your place in the line of march.

Parking at the Department of Motor Vehicles will be for those marching only. Those who are simply dropping off individuals who are marching are asked to drop individuals off and then proceed to exit. Buses and trailers will be directed to the rear parking lot of the DMV.

The line of march will be posted below. It is subject to change.

At the conclusion of the parade, all participants are invited to the ceremony at the Village Cemetery on Marsh Street.

Line of March 2022

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Parade Route 2022

The parade will step off at 9 a.m. and will head west on State Street to Nott Street then to Garden Street. It will then proceed down Garden Street, left onto Church Street and then right onto Main Street. The parade will continue on Main Street, then take a left back onto Garden Street to Broad Street. The Reviewing Stand will be on the Broad Street Green. We will then proceed north on Broad Street and cross Marsh Street to the Village Cemetery (behind First Church) for the cemetery services.

Memorial Day Parade Route

Parking 2022

Parking for spectators will be available throughout the parade route. Spectators may also park on any residential street not marked by "no parking" signs. Parking for marchers will be available at the Department of Motor Vehicle on State Street rear lot. The rear parking lot of the DMV will also be available for buses to park during the parade.

Street Closings 2022

Below is a list of street closings and approximate times they will be closed. (All times listed below are approximate.)

  • State Street (entire length) — 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • Nott Street (from Garden Street to State Street) — 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • Garden Street (from Nott Street to Church Street) — 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • Church Street (from Garden Street to Main Street) — 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Main Street (from Church Street to Garden Street) — 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Garden Street (from Main Street to Broad Street) — 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Broad Street (west side, from Garden Street north to Marsh Street) — 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Marsh Street (from Main Street to Broad Street) — 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

In addition, the following streets will be posted with temporary "No Parking" signs:

  • State Street: From Hartford Avenue to the west driveway of DMV — both sides
  • Nott Street: Around monument island at Hartford Avenue and Nott Street; from Hartford Avenue to Garden Street — both sides
  • Garden Street: From Nott Street to Church Street — both sides
  • Church Street: From Garden Street to Main Street — both sides
  • Garden Street: From Main Street to Broad Street — both sides
  • Broad Street: From Garden Street to Marsh Street — both sides
  • Nott Street/State Street intersection
  • Nott Street: Between State Street and Garden — both sides
  • Main Street: From Church Street to Garden Street — both sides (Saturday morning only)

Rain Plans

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved indoors to Wethersfield High School and will begin at 10 a.m. The latest information will be announced on the Parks and Recreation Department program information line at (860) 721-2890.  An announcement will also be posted in the announcements area of the home page of the town web site.