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Staging the huge Vergennes Memorial Day parade takes military precision

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The Vergennes Memorial Day Parade, a production of American Legion Post 14, is generally acknowledged as Vermont’s largest.

But according to Post 14 Service Officer and longtime parade organizer Henry Broughton, the parade got off to a humble start: It ran along just a short stretch of Main Street.

“It went from the memorial service down to the bridge,” said Broughton, now 85. “We only had two bands. We had a little band from the high school, and the Weeks School had a pretty good-sized band.”

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Memorial Day 2017

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Addison Independent Staff



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New memorial unveiling and parades on tap this weekend

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Addison County



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ADDISON COUNTY — Memorial Day festivities in Addison County this coming weekend will range from solemn to fun.

Three parades are planned, as well as the dedication of a new veterans memorial in Orwell.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., the parade will run through the middle or town and feature bands, community groups, trucks, classic cars and more. Bob and Sue Arnebold will be the grand marshals. Both have served Orwell for many years: Sue as the town clerk and Bob as an Orwell firefighter.

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D-Day vet to lead Memorial Day parade in Vergennes

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — American Legion Post 14 has chosen Ron Hadley of Middlebury as the grand marshal of the Vergennes Memorial Day Parade this year. Hadley joined the U.S. Navy in the midst of World War II, completed his training in the fall of 1943, and then served all over the world before rounding out his duty in June 1946. He gave this account of his war service:

My war experiences started with my assignment as a junior officer (ensign) to an attack transport ship destined for the invasion of Normandy. Our cargo was 900 Army men and 20 landing craft.

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U.S. serviceman with Austrian roots to deliver Memorial Day address

Posted on May 29, 2016 |
By Evan Johnson



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VERGENNES — George Jaeger’s service to his country started when he was 18, operating a mortar during World War II. It would later include acting as an interpreter in a war crimes investigation team as the horrors of the Holocaust were made visible to the world and for, 35 years, working in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Next Monday, Jaeger plans to draw on these experiences in a keynote speech at the Memorial Day Parade and Observance in Vergennes.

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Memorial Day 2016

Posted on May 27, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Memorial Day parades planned in six local communities

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By John S. McCright



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ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Strike up the band, get out your flags and raise a salute for the men and women who served the United States in the military and gave their lives doing so.

This weekend will see Memorial Day parades in six area town.

These festivities serve multiple purposes — they mark the traditional beginning of the summer, set a patriotic mood in the community, and set aside a time where we can remember those who fought and died for his nation.

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Memorial Day flower girl tradition spans generations

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Every year on the last Monday in May, a group of first-grade girls in white dresses clutch bunches of fresh lilacs in their small hands. They walk single file up Center Street from the Brandon Post Office, smiling and waving to their families and friends. They follow the American Legion Color Guard and the Otter Valley and Neshobe School marching bands, and are joined by the Pittsford and Brandon fire department engines. The small parade with a purpose makes its way to the gazebo in Central Park.

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Vermont Guard's Maj. Roy to speak at Bristol ceremony

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Maj. Jacob Roy



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BRISTOL — The guest speaker at this year’s Memorial Day observances in Bristol will be Maj. Jacob Roy, the S3 Operations Officer for the 86th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 86th IBCT (MTN), Vermont Army National Guard.

He will deliver his address on the village green on Monday afternoon at the conclusion of a parade that will leave from Mount Abraham Union High School at 1 p.m. and march down West Street to the green.

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Rep. Welch to address Vergennes commemoration

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Addison Indedendent



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VERGENNES  — Congressman Peter Welch will be the principal speaker at the annual Vergennes Memorial Day parade and ceremonies this coming Monday.

The theme to this year’s Memorial Day events is “Honor and Remember.” The parade will begin at Vergennes Union High School at 9 a.m. and end at the City Green around 1 p.m. With Mayor Bill Benton and other local, state and national dignitaries in attendance, as well as Vergennes American Legion Post 14 Commander Paul Paquin, Welch will deliver his address.

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