May 24, 2019
Every year, the Memorial Day parade in Fairfield is one of my favorite events. This parade brings together thousands from our community, young and old. It is imperative for our young people to interact with veterans, ask questions, hear their stories, and understand their sacrifices so that they can continue the American tradition of living with a deep gratitude and appreciation for how our soldiers and veterans make our freedom a reality. The Memorial Day parade is significant because it represents the deep meaning of service and sacrifice.
My brother Bill served in the U.S. Army as a member of the Reserves. He was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving his wife and two children behind for extended periods of time. I witnessed the burden this put on their entire family. When he returned from his deployments, I recognized the toll his sacrifices for our nation took on him. These sacrifices are unimaginable to us who have not made them and we have an impossible debt to pay to our veterans.
While it will never be enough, every year, we dedicate a day to memorialize those who have served, sacrificed, and succumbed to our nation to remain the greatest in the world. I live every day with that knowledge, but this is a great time of year to express it and share it in the hopes that our young people learn and our veterans feel our community’s deep gratitude.
I wish all Fairfield residents a happy and safe Memorial Day and hope to see you at the Parade.
-First Selectman Mike Tetreau