Hamden Veterans Commission Names
2023 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshals
Hamden – The Town of Hamden will present its 85th Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29th, 2023 beginning at 10:00AM at Hamden High School and continuing north along Dixwell Avenue to the Hamden Middle School, where a Remembrance Ceremony will immediately follow. The parade will serve as a tribute to the sacrifices of our veterans and a source of pride to our citizens.
The Hamden Veterans Commission has once again selected a veteran and a citizen who have exhibited ongoing dedication and support of veterans in our community.
Hamden’s Memorial Day Parade Military Grand Marshal is Tyrone Mitchell, retired Captain of the US Air Force, Armament/Nuclear Munitions Specialist. He served on Hamden’s Veterans Commission for nine years while contributing to many other efforts advocating for veterans in Hamden and statewide.
Hamden resident Daniel Sparks was selected as this year’s Civilian Grand Marshal. Dan is President and Co-Founder of Honor Flight CT. This organization honors veterans of foreign wars by flying them to Washington, D.C. to visit national memorials. Although never having served in the armed forces, Dan has a passion for those who have.
The Remembrance Ceremony immediately following the parade will be held inside the Hamden Middle School Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 2623 Dixwell Ave. It will commemorate the true meaning of the day, remembering those who have lost their lives in service to their country. At this time, Parade Grand Marshals Tyrone Mitchell and Daniel Sparks will be honored. The ceremony will feature remarks from the Veterans Commission, Mayor Garrett, and other guests. Wreaths will then be placed outside at the Veterans Monument. Please join us as we remember and honor all those who sacrificed so we could exercise and enjoy the many freedoms we have.
The Town of Hamden would be honored if current members of our Armed Forces would join us. Many local organizations register to march in the parade. If you would like to participate in the parade, please immediately email this completed form found on hamden.com to firstname.lastname@example.org; return in person; or mail to:
Office of the Mayor
Town of Hamden
2750 Dixwell Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
The deadline for parade reservations is Monday, May 22, 2023.
For further information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (203) 287-7100.