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Memorial Day Parade Displays Hometown Pride

Bethel came together Sunday to honor its heroes for Memorial Day.

On Sunday Bethel's downtown streets were filled with children and families trying to catch a glimpse of bands, scouts and veterans who marched in the Memorial Day parade.  

After the parade, waiting on the lawn of the Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center there were several wreaths to be presented to Bethel veterans. Two returning serviceman from Afghanistan thanked the citizens of Bethel for their unbelievable support and love. 

Take a moment to reflect, as Nina Caraluzzi wrote, on what Memorial Day means: "It's not about a picnic or a barbecue, but thanking those who have served our country."

Taking Notes May 23, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Wonderful photos! Memorial Day is such a paradox for me. On the one hand, I mourn for those lost in service to the greater good, but I am also so proud of our military and police/firefighters/etc. for their sacrifices. It was a dreary day, to be sure. But the warmth of our hearts and spirits made it as sunny as ever.
Margie Malatestinic May 23, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Alicia - fabulous photos!!! I especially love the one near the end with so many Bethelites sitting in front of and on the porch near Dr. Mike's!!!! It is sooooo Bethel! Thanks you so much for such wonderful coverage! I keep going through the pictures again and again! Too many great shots to pick a favorite!
Alicia Craybas May 23, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Thank you everyone...it was a mixed day of emotion as pride comes when you see the kids all playing in the band and marching and sadness when you see the Vets and hear the speeches.
Amy Ruth Blue June 04, 2011 at 01:08 PM
I always enjoy seeing the veterans of wars past in the Memorial Day parade, but I have a real problem with the little to no representation of those who have served in the PRESENT and CURRENT war.
Alicia Craybas June 04, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Photo #57 is current Army Military serviceman, two of whom spoke at length regarding recent service in Afghanistan. They wholeheartedly thanked the town of Bethel for support and had a great homecoming a few months ago upon return from active duty. The town members were very thankful and proud of their service to our country. It was a moving speech that they shared with the crowd.

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