PUTNAM — The Putnam Memorial Day Parade Committee is announcing that the 2020 Memorial Day Ceremony will be at 10 a.m. May 25 but it will not be a parade. Because of the COVID-19 Connecticut guidelines the ceremony will be a “virtual” tribute to veterans.  The ceremony will be broadcast on WINY-1350 AM / 97.1 FM and will also be live on the WINY Facebook page.  We are not encouraging people to attend at the site of the ceremony. (site: WINY parking lot and Veterans Bridge near Cargill Falls).  We will be using safe social distancing and abiding by all CT COVID-19 guidelines, said Wilfred Bousquet, director of the Putnam Recreation Department. “We are very fortunate to have Father-Philip Salois, (Vietnam veteran), as our keynote speaker.  The ceremony will be hosted by emcee veteran Ronald Coderre and veteran and Mayor Barney Seney will welcome everyone to the broadcast of the ceremony. There will be a re-enactment of the Wreath-Laying Ceremony on the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge,” said Bousquet. “We will have more details by mid-May that will outline and promote the first-ever Putnam “Virtual” Memorial Day Ceremony to honor all our veterans in NE Connecticut and in the world.”


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