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Greenwich Parade May Be Small, But It Has Heart

GREENWICH, Conn. – It may be smaller than its peers, but the Byram Veterans Memorial Day Parade is no less committed to remembering their fallen comrades.

The parade has been going on for at least 50 years said veteran Butch Bozzuto, a lifelong resident of Byram. And when the Byram Veterans Association took over the parade it’s been a smaller more intimate parade for remembering.

The parade of no more than 100 marchers followed behind a car blasting classic march songs out of speakers in the trunk, and consisted of state and town politicians, veterans, the Byram Women’s Auxiliary and Boy Scout Troop 1. Only three other cars participated and two were Greenwich Police.

“Even though it seems like (last year) was just a week ago, if we did this every week, including next weekend and the weekend after, or every day it still wouldn’t be enough to recognize the sacrifices that hundreds of thousands of Americans have made,” said state Sen. Scott Frantz , R-Greenwich, when the parade gathered in front of the Byram Shubert Library.

State Rep. Lile Gbbons , R-Greenwich, encouraged all gathered to “hug a vet” and thank them for everything.

First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectman David Theis also attended the event, thanking the gathered people for being there to celebrate the memories of the soldiers who gave their lives.

“I think it’s most important that we have representation from the many younger generations here,” said Tesei. “I think it’s very important for young people of our community, and it’s a big pride of the young people here in Byram, that they’re here to show their respect and carry on this most important recognition.”

How do you remember the country’s veterans? Leave a comment below or email reporters Alissa Smith or Anna Helhoski .

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