VIDEO: 2014 New Canaan Memorial Day Parade, Service

New Canaan Memorial Day Parade, May 26, 2014
Uploaded by Michael Dinan on 2014-05-26. The video above (there’s also a slideshow here) features clips from New Canaan’s 2014 Memorial Day Parade—held on a picture-perfect, clear and warm spring day—as well as from the solemn, dignified ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery that followed. There, we heard from the Rev. Eric Fjeldal of the United Methodist Church on South Avenue, as well as First Selectman Rob Mallozzi, Peter Langenus, commander of VFW Post 653, and guest speaker Gary Macintyre of New Canaan, a U.S. Navy veteran. Wreaths were placed at the bottom of a flagpole later lowered to half-mast in honor of the United States’ fallen military members, including by Grand Marshal John Wilson. In introducing Macintyre, Mallozzi described him as both a “longtime New Canaan resident and small business owner.”

Macintyre started his career in the U.S. Navy as a reservist, Mallozzi said, and after graduating from Norwalk Community College he went on to active duty as a petty officer in navigation on board the USS Grand Canyon.

Memorial Day Parade: Town to Forego Tricolor Road Paint; New Fire Truck to Debut

With rain in the forecast and work still needed to make sure New Canaan kids can play safely on our town fields, officials decided this week to forego painting Main Street red, white and blue for the hugely popular Memorial Day parade. First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said he’s asked the Department of Public Works to focus on readying the fields instead. “Last year those guys did a great job, but it got washed away,” Mallozzi told “In order to get it right, we’d have to devote a large part of the crew to block off the road with sawhorses and set up barriers on either side, and there’s so much concern about the fields, that I decided to focus on that instead.”

He added that Parks Superintendent John Howe was eager to get the street-painting done, but has been asked to hold off. “The flags are beautiful on Main Street and we’ll have the parade whether those lines are red, white and blue or not,” Mallozzi said.