New Britain Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
27 West Main Street, Room 302, New Britain, CT 06051
Tel: (860) 826-3362
Fax: (860) 612-4200
Director of Veterans Affairs - Erik Barbieri
Veterans Affairs Clerk - Sandy Keefe
Annual New Britain Events Honoring all Veterans and Members of the Military
Memorial Day Services
Memorial Day Services at Fairview Cemetery at 120 Smalley Street take place every year on the Thursday preceding the Nationally celebrated holiday at 6 p.m.
Schedule of Services
The Memorial Day and Veterans Day Services are commemorative ceremonies that recognize and observe the men and woman who served in the United States military at various war memorials and landmarks throughout New Britain.
New Britain Memorial Monuments
Memorial Day-May 30
Veterans Day-November 11
- 8:00 am - General John Patterson Memorial on East/Allen Streets
- 8:30 am - Spanish American War Memorial at Willow Brook Park, 635 South Main St.
- 8:45 am - Vietnam Memorial at Willow Brook Park, 635 South Main St.
- 9:15 am - Sherrod E. Skinner Memorial on Corbin Ave./Lincoln Street
- 9:45 am - Israel Putnam Stone at Walnut Hill Park
- 10:00 am - World War I Memorial Monument at Walnut Hill Park
- 10:30 am - General Casimir Pulaski Monument/General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Monument at Pulaski Park
- 11:00 am - Civil War, World War II, Korean and Vietnam Memorials at Central Park
- 11:30 am - 65th Infantry Regiment Park at Beaver Street, North Side (corner near LaSalle and Washington Streets and Farmington Avenue)
- 11:50 pm - Belvidere Area World War II Memorial at Campbell Square (Stanley Street./Hillcrest Ave.)
- 12:15 pm - Captain Brian S. Letendre U.S.M.C. Memorial at Pendleton Road/Sunnyslope Drive
Services include placing of wreaths on each Memorial along with invocations, cadences, and taps. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 860-826-3362.
Memorial Day Parade
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Participants will start to assemble at Burritt and Broad Streets at 5:00 p.m. The parade will start at 6:00 p.m. The line of march will be East on Broad Street for 1.5 miles downhill to South on Main Street for 0.7 miles past the reviewing and grand stands in Central Park to the dispersing point at Franklin Square in front of the New Britain Courthouse.
The parade finishes at Franklin Square and should encompass about thirty minutes to march the entire 2.2 miles from Burritt and Broad Streets to Franklin Square.
The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department hosts the Memorial Day Parade in honor of all the brave men and women who have served and those who are currently serving in the United States Military. Veterans Commission Chairman Peter Scirpo commented that, “Memorial Day is a time for reflection on the great deeds of the past, never to forget those whose selfless acts provide endless freedom for all citizens in the free world. We should take the time to come out and speak with those who offer advice of how precious life is, after having earned the right to give the advice by surviving battles hard fought and the loss of brothers in arms.”
The Parade features many local Veterans Organizations including:
- Marine Corps League Hardware City Detachment
- The General Haller Post Polish War Veterans
- The Franco-American War Veterans
- The Veterans of Foreign Wars
- The Korean War Veterans
- The Northwestern Veterans TGM Memorial Post, and their respective Auxiliaries
Youth and Local Organizations:
- The Fagan/Cal Ripken and New Britain Baseball Little Leagues
- New Britain Youth Soccer
- The YWCA
- New Britain EMS
- New Britain Fire
- New Britain Police
- The Falcons Club
Marching Bands including:
- New Britain High School Golden Hurricanes
- DiLoreto/Pulaski, Roosevelt, and Slade Middle School Bands
- Colonel John Chester Fife & Drum Corps
- CT Patriots Senior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps
- Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps
- Manchester Regional Police & Fire Pipe Band
- Marquis of Granby Ancient Fife and Drum Corps
- St. Peter's Drum Corps
- Westbrook Drum Corps
- Clowns named Valentine and Jingles
- Sphinx Temple Motor Patrol, Shrine Cycle and Temple Guard
- Connecticut Horse Council Volunteer Horse Patrol
... and many other organizations.
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