Rainy weather doesn’t stop Weston’s Memorial Day events

After days of damp and blustery weather, the sun came out on Monday just in time for the Memorial Day parade, organized by the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, which led the way from the high school, through Weston Center, to a ceremony outside town hall. —Bruce Ando photo

After days of damp and blustery weather, the sun came out on Monday just in time for the Memorial Day parade, organized by the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, which led the way from the high school, through Weston Center, to a ceremony outside town hall. —Bruce Ando photo

A blustery Friday and rainy Saturday took a toll on Weston’s Memorial Day fair, but otherwise all weekend events went on as planned.

The sun was shining brightly Monday morning as the Memorial Day parade made its way through town. Albert Anderson, commander of the Georgetown VFW, led the way in a red convertible as parade grand marshal.

The parade ended at Weston Town Hall, where a formal flag-raising ceremony and wreath-laying were held. Veterans who participated in the parade enjoyed a special breakfast beforehand and lunch afterward at Norfield parish hall, while parade-goers enjoyed free hot dogs provided by the Weston Volunteer Fire Department.

Although it was raining Saturday morning, the weather didn’t stop the 20th annual Memorial Day 5K Race and Walk, and the Kids Fun Run events.

Weston Police Chief John Troxell waves to the crowd from the parade.

Weston Police Chief John Troxell waves to the crowd at the parade.

The 5K race drew 477 participants. Stephen Vento, 20, a graduate of Weston High School, was the top male finisher with a time of 15:45 and Amy Belivacqua was the top female finisher with a time of 18:28. More than 50 children participated in the Kids Fun Run.

A torrent of showers and thunderstorms canceled the Memorial Day Fair at Hurlbutt Elementary School on Friday and Saturday. To make up for those days, the fair held extended hours on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27.

Beautiful weather on Monday encouraged a lot of people to attend the fair immediately following the parade, according to Dan McNeil, one of the fair’s chairmen. “The crowds were huge. We were busier than I’ve ever seen before,” he said.

The fair is a fund-raiser for Hurlbutt Elementary and Weston Intermediate schools.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Weston Boy Scout Alex Gulino from Troop 788 collected 20 worn and used American flags at the parade which he intends to dispose of in a ceremony to be held later this year on Veterans Day.

Alex is also planning to collect flags at the town’s Fourth of July festivities.

See more photos of Weston’s Memorial Day activities.

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