Memorial Day: Honoring Plainville’s fallen soldiers

Hundreds flocked to the donwtown area on Monday to honor America’s war casualties during a Memorial Day parade, local flag raisings, and ceremonies. The parade was anchored by local veterans, officials, and groups representing all the armed forces, including the Navy, above.

The origin of Memorial Day is very hard to pin down. The holiday, itself, has many roots. In fact, the practice of decorating the graves of soldiers goes back to ancient times, but the origins of the United States federal holiday can be traced back to the Civil War.

In Plainville, the  tradition began with a solemn ceremony. Town folk would gather in the center of town and walk to West Cemetery to place wreathes and flowers on the graves of soldiers.

On Monday, May 27, Plainville kept this tradition alive with a flag ceremony for veterans and casualties at the VFW post, a parade, and final ceremonies at Veterans Park.

Photos by JANELLE MORELLI

Three year old Brynn Boulerice waves at the parade to show her support.

Plainville veteran Tony Famiglietti, waves to the crowd from a 1929 Packard. Famiglietti was parade grand marshal.

Haley Coyne waves to local
firefighters as they pass in procession.

Plainville town manager
Robert Lee marches in the parade.

State Rep. William Petit Jr. hands out American flags along the Plainville parade route.

Sebby Berarducci pays a fitting tribute to the late Joey “Jo-Jo” Robar, the
well-known local
bicyclist who was never slowed by his disability.

Ten-year-old Danny Kane gets a hug from his uncle Nathan Starr after Kane thanked his dad and uncle for their military service during his reading of
his Memorial Day essay at Toffolon School.

Where else can you see a man pulling a wagon and giving a high-five to a cat? We love a parade.