[The following is a press release from the Town of Orange.]
The annual Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 26.
Kevin Gilbert once again will serve as Parade Organizer.
Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Parade Grounds at the Gazebo. The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.
The Memorial Day Committee is proud to announce the recipients for this year’s parade.
Anthony Monaco, an Orange resident, has been chosen Grand Marshal.
He is a Korean War Veteran who was in the U.S. Air Force from 1950–1954. While in the service, he was an Air Policeman.
Tony is the Chaplain of American Legion Post 127 in Orange and is also Chairman of the Committee for the Care of Veteran’s Graves for the Town of Orange. He helps blind veterans at the V.A. Hospital in West Haven and often attends veterans' funerals held in the immediate area.
James L. Marenna will be the Honorary Chief of Staff.
He received the Eagle Scout Award in 1955 and is a Brother Member of the Order of the Arrow. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy December 1963, and spent six years (four in active duty) and was honorably discharged December 1969.
Jim is a Vietnam War veteran who served in an Anti-Submarine Patrol in the Pacific during peacetime. Jim has more than 1,300 hours and more than 260 missions as a crew member of a P3A Aircraft. Jim received his aircrew wings in 1967 and he is a holder of a 1,000 flight hours pin.
As a member of American Legion Post 127 in Orange for six years, he is the Post Adjutant and also a life member of the VFW Post 2448 in Bethany.
This year's Honored Veterans are the 103rd Air Control Squadron of the Connecticut Air National Guard, a Control Reporting Center (CRC), stationed in Orange and commanded by Lt. Colonel William A. Neri. Last year, they completed their sixth contingency deployment since 9/11.
The keynote speaker will be Miguel A. Rodriguez, MSW. He is a counselor and social worker with the New Haven Vet Center within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He has also been a Captain in the New York National Guard for the past 10 years. In 2008-09, he was deployed to Afghanistan and activated by New York State during Hurricane Irene and Sandy.
- Robert Mirto, Esq., Town Meeting Moderator, will serve as Master of Ceremonies
- Frederick O’Brien, Esq. will serve as Parade Announcer
The Committee invites the public to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.
In the event of rain, exercies will take place in the High Plains Community Center.