Memorial Day ceremony and parade held in Winsted

Town officials and veterans, along with members of veterans organizations, at East End Park after a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 31.
Town officials and veterans, along with members of veterans organizations, at East End Park after a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 31.
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WINSTED — For the first time since 2019, the town held a parade and ceremony for Memorial Day, on Monday, May 31.
The ceremony traditionally begins at Soldiers’ Monument on Crown Street, which was built as a tribute to over 300 Winsted Winsted area soldiers who served in the Civil War.
However, this year the ceremony could not be held at the monument due to a window repair project that is still ongoing.
Instead, the event started with a memorial service for all veterans at George Dudley Memorial Park.
The parade down Main Street started afterwards with this year’s Grand Marshall First Class Airman Mark Roberts, a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves Security Forces Veteran.
Participating in this year’s parade were various local organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #296 , Tuttle-Burns American Legion Post #43, members of the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and Elks Lodge #844, members of The Soldiers’ Monument Commission, along with the Winsted and Winchester Center Fire Departments, and Winchester Police Department.
The parade ended at East End Park where the names of all 116 Winsted residents who died in war, from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, were read.
“We are especially appreciative and we remember all of the men and women in our service who gave our lives,” Mayor Candy Perez said at the beginning of the May 31 ceremony. “This year is our 250th birthday as a town. Memorial Day is one of our most sacred holidays. We remember those who have died in service to others. The sacrifices that they and their families made so we can be here today, to me, is sometimes unfathomable. I am often in awe of the courage of the soldiers.”
The Memorial Day address was given by Deirdre Houlihan DiCara, Executive Director of Friends in Service to Humanity of Northwestern Connecticut Inc. (FISH).
DiCara’s father, Captain John Houlihan, served in World War II.
“Memorial Day is a special day to remember those in our military and patriots who have made the greatest sacrifice in service to our nation,” DiCara said. “Since 1868, we have gathered in our community to place flowers and flags on graves of those who have given their lives in devotion for our country and for the freedom we should never take for granted. We honor those men and women and give them the greatest respect as they did their duty to protect our freedom and way of life to be free.”

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