The short parade (from Ffyler Place to Veterans Park), the Air Guard Flyover (one C-130 transport), a good crowd (but not crowded), a satisfactory PA system, and only a few departures from a standard and satisfying Suffield Memorial Day.
Officer of the Day Lt. Col. William E Moryto, USMC Ret., called for the Boy Scout Color Guard to march forward and place their flags, then eight young Girl Scouts of 10961 led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
First Selectman Colin Moll opened the specific business of this day, greeting everyone and delivering a meaningful, well-conceived, and well-received address, emphasizing the sacrifice of local individuals who gave their lives fighting in our country’s wars. Moll then invited VFW Post 9544 chaplain, Gunnery Sgt. Frederick “Fritz” King, USMC Ret., who is Suffield’s veterans representative, to come forward for a Memorial Day prayer.
Music and recitations followed: The SHS marching band and the Suffield Middle School Band played a short medley. SHS students Ashley Greene and Andrew Bombard read “In Flanders Fields” and “A Confession of Our National Faith,” respectively. Jack Burke recited Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Laura Drinkwater sang Amazing Grace. Young Niyah Hardy and Nathan Deenihan took turns reading a roll call of the fallen – the names of Suffield men who died in wartime service.
The program closed most traditionally: The placement of a wreath at the Veterans Memorial by First Selectman Moll and Sgt. King; the VFW Firing Squad with its Salute to the Dead; Taps by near and distant buglers of the High School Band; The National Anthem sung by Laura Drinkwater; and a closing comment by Lt. Col. Moryto.