"Today really is about paying respect to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free," said First Selectman Peter Tesei.
The 9th District Veterans Association & the Glenville Volunteer Fire Company honored those who lost their lives defending our country during their annual Memorial Day Parade Sunday evening.
"To maintain tradition, you have to be able to educate young people. History is our greatest teacher and they have to have an opportunity to see it and hear about it up close and first hand. Having them participate and be a part of the ceremony on Memorial Day is assurance that we are going to be able to carry on this traditon for another couple of centuries in the country,"said First Selectman Tesei.
"To teach and for kids to learn that it is the ultimate sacrifice to serve. We are all saying it's a honor to be here and it truely is. After Monday when Memorial Day is over, we should continue to do this and thank a veteran and thank people for serving," added Selectman Drew Marzullo.
Glenville native Captain Mark Turner served as this year's guest speaker. Captain Turner is the Director of International Programs at the US Navel War College in Newport , RI.
"We have an obligation." Turner said. "We can pay them no higher tribute than to live a life worthy of their sacrifice. May we never forget those who gave their last full measure keeping this nation free."