The towns of Brookfield and Sherman held Memorial Day parades Sunday afternoon under warm, sunny skies. Hundreds turned out in both communities as residents paid tribute to American veterans who have given their lives for their country. Eleven more Danbury-area towns plan to hold Memorial Day parades on Monday, including the city of Danbury, whose procession will step off at 10 a.m.
Sherman and Brookfield residents paid tribute to American war dead in Memorial Day parades and services held Sunday afternoon in those communities.
One of the highlights of Sherman's well-attended parade was the appearance of World War II veteran Ben Pattagonia as the grand marshal. Various veterans groups and local organizations took part in the parade, which also marked the return of the New Milford High School band and color guard after a few years' absence and the first Memorial Day parade in the tenure of new First Selectman Clay Cope, who marched in the procession.
Hundreds of people turned out under warm, sunny skies for the Brookfield parade and a ceremony at Williams Park. A strong contingent of veterans and local individuals and groups marched in the parade, and a wreath was placed at the VFW monument in Williams Park by First Selectman Bill Davidson, Police Chief Robin Montgomery and Frank Johnson, chairman of VFW Post 10201.
Eleven more Memorial Day parades are planned for Monday in the Greater Danbury area, including one in the city of Danbury, which will begin at 10 a.m.