Enfield residents enjoy Veterans Day parade

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Nov. 14, 2013
Members of the American Legion, John Maciolek, Post 154 get ready for their ride through the parade.
Members of the American Legion, John Maciolek, Post 154 get ready for their ride through the parade.

Enfield residents came out to celebrate their freedom and show appreciation for the veterans that made it all possible during the annual Veterans Day parade on Nov. 10.

The parade on Enfield Street and the Town Green brought veterans from many American Legion posts. Members of John Maciolek Post 154 climbed into an old troop transporting truck and armed themselves with candy for all the children who anxiously awaited the excitement of the parade.

The First Company Governor's Footguard Band was gearing up for its walk of pride. "We have been a part of the Enfield Veterans Day Parade for several years," said Gary Klesczewski. "We really enjoy what we do."

Parade-goers grabbed the best spot they could find to witness the homage being paid to the veterans. "We come to this parade every year," said Sal Vene of Enfield. "They always put on a great parade."

The Enfield police escorted the marchers. Veterans of all divisions represented their fellow troops that had served or fallen. The parade chairman, Theodore Plamondon, rode in the bed of the Enfield Veteran Council's truck and waved to the crowd while they towed a trailer with pictures of all Connecticut soldiers lost in the Middle East conflicts.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) marched to show his support of the veterans’ service to our country. As the parade paused for a moment, Blumenthal posed for a photo with one of the American Legion Riders. The Riders are driven to keep the peace at any event that is government related.

"This is our country," said Sister Laureann, of the Felician Sisters. "We need to keep having parades like this to teach our children about our history. We should always show that we are proud of our veterans. It is so wonderful to see the kids get involved.”

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