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Darien Remembers Those Who Served With Memorial Day Parade And Ceremony

Darien Memorial Day Speaker Brian O'Malley and Parade Grand Marshal, Len Hunter lead Post 6933 Honor Guard, Selectmen, and townspeople from the Darien Library Community Room to place wreaths honoring veterans at Spring Grove Veterans Memorial statue. Photo Credit: David E. Polett
Memorial Day Speaker, Brian O'Malley addresses the assembled audience in the Community Room at the Darien Library at an indoor ceremony immediately following the Darien Memorial Day Parade. Grand Marshal, Len Hunter looks on. Photo Credit: David E. Polett
Cadet Scout, Morgan Mohr from Troop 50167 reads Lincoln's Gettyburg Address at the Memorial Day Ceremony Photo Credit: David E. Polett
Matthew Bergwall, an 8th Grade student at Middlesex Middle School in Darien reads his winning poem "For Me," during the indoor ceremony at the Darien Library following the Memorial Day Parade. Photo Credit: David E. Polett
Darien Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal, Len Hunter with Memorial Day Speaker, Brian O'Malley with Selectmen and town dignitaries. Photo Credit: David E. Polett
Flags placed on Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery prior to Memorial Day. Photo Credit: David E. Polett
Police Tribute Car honors Kenny Bateman, a Darien policeman killed in the line of duty in 1981. Kenny's badge number was 15. Photo Credit: David E. Polett
Darien's Memorial Day Speaker, Brian O'Malley and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson place a wreath in honor of veterans at the Memorial in Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery during the Ceremony held by Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission. Photo Credit: David E. Polett
WWll veteran and Monuments and Ceremonies Commission member, Charles Scribner marching with the Scouts in the Memorial Day Parade. Photo Credit: David E. Polett
Antique fire engine from 1928 driven by Bob Montlick participates in the Darien Memorial Day Parade. Photo Credit: David E. Polett

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien community came together Monday for a Memorial Day parade and ceremony to pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service of their country.

The parade was led by Grand Marshal Len Hunter from the Goodwives Shopping Center on Old Kings Highway North to the corner of Post Road and Hecker Avenue, where an indoor ceremony was held in the Community Room of the Darien Library and a wreath-laying took place at Spring Grove Cemetery.

The indoor ceremony featured Memorial Day speaker and West Point graduate Brian O'Malley, as well as a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Cadet Scout Megan Mohr. The winners of the Memorial Day essay contest also shared their winning entries, with Middlesex Middle School student Matthew Bergwall reading his essay "For Me," and Darien High School student Erin Corrigan reading her essay "Remember the Fallen."

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