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Honoring Our Veterans

The Good Wife Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as always, took part in the Darien, Connecticut Memorial Day Parade.

Walter R. McCurday served as the Memorial Day parade grand marshall.  Wlater R. McCurday  is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.  He servced in World War II in the U.S. Naval air Corps from 1945-47.  While in the Korean War, Lieutenant McCurdy served on the destroyer William M. Wood DD715 and as executive officer of the USS PC 1141 in the fleet in Pearl Harbor/South Pacific Island from 1951 to 1953.   The parade began in Goodwives Plaza (how appropriate) and continues through the downtown area to the Veterans Cemetery at Spring Grove.

After the parade, all assemble at the Veterans Memorial, and Joe Gibaldi was the ceremony speaker.  Joe Gibladi was a naval officer and a pilot from 1981 to 1992.  He piloted the A-6 Intruder with the VA-35 off the USS Nimitz and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.  The commander was also a flight instructor and had 320 carrier landings and more than 2,500 flight hours and he retires in 2006.

Fifty one organizations of all kinds participated in the parade.  There were VFW Color Guards, the Darien, Noroton and Noroton Heights Fire Departments and auxiliaries, Boy Scouts and Girl Scots of America, the Darien High School Band, the Darien Sail & Power Squadron and many more.

Memorial Day Parade 2014 DARPictured:

DAR Good Wife parade participants- Rebecca Siciliano, Meredith Carper, Karen Pollett, Tatum Wunderlich, Troy Carper, Sara Zagrodzky and Carol Wilder-Tamme

Susan Cator