WALLINGFORD — Preparations for the annual Memorial Day parade are “virtually all done,” town officials said Monday.
Wallingford's Veteran Services Officer George Messier hopes to see 2,500 to 3,000 people lining the streets.
The parade route begins at Dutton Park, located at North Main Street and Cedar Lane, and proceeds south along North Main Street, ending at Town Hall.
The observance ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Memorial Day at Dutton Park. The parade is scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. and arrive at Town Hall at approximately 10:45 a.m.
In case of inclement weather and parade cancellation, the observance will be moved to 10 a.m. at Lyman Hall High School’s auditorium.
This year's parade marshal is James Russell, a World War II veteran who lives in town.
Messier said about two dozen groups are slated to march in the parade this year, including school bands, athletic teams, and community groups.
The parade also includes old military vehicles, and a hayride vehicle for veterans.
En route, wreathes will be placed at monuments in front of the police station and post office.
At the conclusion of the parade, three wreaths will be placed at the Town Hall monuments.
Messier said that 117 Wallingford citizens have died while in the military since the Civil War.
Other weekend events
The Meriden-Wallingford Veterans Service Center has organized two other events in town for Memorial Day weekend.
On Saturday, the local American Legion and VFW posts will join Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and other youth groups to place flags on gravesites of veterans at several town cemeteries.
On Sunday, an interfaith service is planned for 7 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church, 84 N. Colony St. During the service, the names of veterans will be read, and a ceremonial flag folded and presented to the parade marshal.
Police said the following roads will be closed from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Memorial Day:
North Main Street, from the intersection of Cedar Street and Maplewood Avenue to the intersection of Center Street.
South Main Street, from the intersection of Center Street to the intersection of Ward Street.
Prince Street, from the intersection of South Main Street to the intersection of South Whittlesey Avenue.
Vehicles parked along these roads will be subject to a parking ticket by police and removal by tow truck.
The parking ban includes portions of roads that are adjacent to, or in close proximity of, the parade route and the other road closures.
These areas will be marked prior to the event, according to police.