On Monday, May 26, Plainville will remember and honor those who have served and are serving in the military. Beginning at 6:30 a.m., a ceremony at the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars on Northwest Drive will be held, including Reveille and the raising and lowering of the flag. There will be wreath-laying ceremonies at St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Farmington Avenue, West Cemetery on Unionville Avenue and East Cemetery on East Street. There will be bugle players at the cemeteries and there will also be a wreath-laying ceremony at the firehouse at 8 a.m., followed by a similar ceremony at the police station.
The parade starts to assemble around 7:30 a.m. on Broad Street (between East Street and Whiting Street), with all floats and vehicles facing west. Vehicles and floats must be parked in the marshalling area by 8 a.m. It is requested that everyone marching or riding in the parade be in the marshalling area by 8:15 a.m. For the safety of those participating in the parade, it will be difficult to permit vehicle traffic in this area after 8:30 a.m.
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. heading west on Broad Street, turning onto N. Washington, and back down West Main Street, ending at Veterans Memorial Park, on the corner of Maple Avenue and Whiting Street.
There will be a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park that will include laying of memorial wreaths at each of the monuments in the park.
All of the schools participated in an essay/poetry writing contest and this year students will be receiving Barnes and Noble gift cards. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all events of the day.
The Plainville Memorial Day Parade Committee recently announced that former Fire Chief Howard Swanson has been selected as the 2014 Grand Marshall for the parade.
Howard was born 1932 in New Britain to Margaret and Andrew Swanson. He married and moved to Plainville in 1952 where he was called to duty during the Korean Conflict. He served in Korea from 1952 to 1954 for the United States Army serving 13 months with the 40th Infantry and 3rd Infantry Division as a Field Wireman.
Prior to his military service, and upon his return, Howard worked for CL&P for 42 years. Starting there as a line helper, he retired as an area line supervisor, a position he held for 26 years.
Howard also volunteered for the Plainville Fire Department serving 26 years. He worked his way up through the ranks from firefighter to the position of Chief which he held for nine years until his retirement in 1989. Howard’s accomplishments during his career as Chief included overseeing the construction of the present fire department headquarters on West Main Street, along with the modernization of fire equipment and communications.
Howard raised two sons and two daughters and has made Plainville his home.