NEW CANAAN — Whether they were representing one of the dozens of groups that marched, or spectators along the parade route, Monday morning’s Memorial Day parade was a fun, spirited and sometimes soulful event for all involved.
“This is a celebration of American,” said Marty McLaughlin of New Canaan, “of what this country is all about, and we can never forget.”
As part of the Exchange Club of New Canaan, McLaughlin helped hand out 5,000 miniature flags, which found their way waving along the parade route, as well as into the hands of the hundreds of marchers who began the trek from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Oenoke Road.
“We’ve been doing this over 60 years,” he said.
“Today we recognize and remember the people who kept this country strong and kept us safe,” he said.