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Posted on: June 2, 2021

Parade honors America’s fallen; watch it on YouTube

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PHOTO — Grand Marshals Mike Pimer, wearing sunglasses, and Frank J. Corso steer West Haven’s Memorial Day parade up Campbell Avenue on Monday morning, May 31, from a golf cart driven by city Human Resources Commissioner Beth A. Sabo. (City Photo/Andrew Kosarko)

WEST HAVEN, June 2, 2021 — Grand Marshals Frank J. Corso and Mike Pimer steered West Haven’s Memorial Day parade Monday morning, May 31, from a golf cart driven by city Human Resources Commissioner Beth A. Sabo.

Corso, an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II in 1942-45, and Pimer, a Navy veteran who served stateside in 1955-61 and again in 1962-68, led the 40-unit procession of veterans, bands and dignitaries, including Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and other city officials, along Campbell Avenue.

The parade stepped from Captain Thomas Boulevard north to Center Street, where throngs of people lined the 1 ½-mile course, American flags waving, for the annual patriotic march.

Last year’s parade was postponed because of the coronavirus.

Corso, who turns 100 in July, and Pimer, 83, were tapped by the West Haven Veterans Council, which helps the city organize the parade, for their years of service to the military, their fellow vets and their community.

The hourlong parade featured a dramatic flyover by a C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft operated by the Connecticut Air National Guard.

The event, in memory of the deceased members of the U.S. armed forces of all wars, is the oldest parade of its kind in southern Connecticut.

In addition to marching bands and veterans groups, the procession showcased the traditional contingent of youth organizations and sports leagues, dance and Scout troupes, fraternal organizations and service clubs, local and state leaders, police officers and firefighters.

A wreath-laying ceremony followed the parade at the World War I Armistice Memorial on the Green.

Watch the parade on West Haven YouTube.

— MICHAEL P. WALSH, Public Relations Information Coordinator

Memorial Day Parade 2021 I (Small)

Grand Marshals Mike Pimer, wearing sunglasses, and Frank J. Corso steer West Haven’s Memorial Day parade up Campbell Avenue on Monday morning, May 31, from a golf cart driven by city Human Resources Commissioner Beth A. Sabo. (City Photo/Andrew Kosarko)

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Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and grandson Arthur Rossi, 11, hold American flags while waving to paradegoers along Campbell Avenue in the heart of downtown. (City Photo/Andrew Kosarko)

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The West Haven Police Honor Guard leads Chief Joseph S. Perno, left, Deputy Chief Carl V. Flemmig Jr. and members of the department. (City Photo/Andrew Kosarko)

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