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Memorial Day weekend has arrived

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Your long-awaited Memorial Day weekend is here.
In addition to everything else you plan on doing this weekend – getting away for a few days, being with family and friends or doing chores around the house – you can end your mini-vacation with the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremonies on Monday.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. from South Pine Creek Road, travels down Post Road, through the center of town, turns at the Fairfield Public Library, turns around onto Old Post Road and disbands just past Old Town Hall at South Benson Road. The parade involves hundreds of participants, with the first division of marchers being the veterans organizations, including those who served in the Vietnam War. Veterans of the Southeast Asia conflict are the honorees of this year’s event.
Following the parade will be the ceremonies at the Honor Roll and then the keynote address by Boyd Saxton.
Keep in mind that no rain date is scheduled and cancellation of Monday’s parade and ceremonies due to weather will be announced on WICC radio, WTNH Channel 8 and Cablevision News 12 at 6:15 a.m.
Remember that you cannot put out chairs or blankets (or a couch like someone did last year) along the parade route before Sunday, per an order from the Fairfield Police Department. If you do, the town will haul them away.
In addition to the parade and ceremonies – put together by a committee made up of Fairfield veterans and civilians – a few other events are taking place in conjunction with the holiday.
First Church Congregational’s Memorial Day Celebration, at the corner of Old Post and Beach roads, will include hot-air balloon rides for $10 from 9 to 11 a.m., an extra large bouncy house for kids, ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn, lemonade and fresh-baked goods. All proceeds will support First Church in its ministry to the community, including Habitat for Humanity.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center will host its annual Memorial Day picnic from noon to 3 p.m. Admission to the museum is free for the day. The Kiwanis Club will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, and there will be games for children. Participants also will have an opportunity to view the IMAGES 2012 exhibition inside the museum.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Old Post Road, will have its annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The men of St. Paul’s will flip pancakes, fry sausages and pour coffee.
Finally, the Fairfield Rotary Club will have a truck preceding the start of the parade to collect non-perishable items to be donated to Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport. Club members will walk along the parade route collecting the items, which can include canned goods, coffee, powder creamers, twin size sheets, pillows, towels and any toiletries. For a full list of requested items, visit to www.homesforthebrave.org. The truck will take one more pass through the streets at the end of the parade.
Have a safe weekend.

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