FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- While it's nice to have a three-day weekend and enjoy some time outside, the true purpose of Memorial Day is to come together as a community and pay tribute to those who have given their lives in service of their country.
Several Fairfield County towns will be honoring those who died members of the armed services who made the ultimate sacrifices with memorial ceremonies and parades on Sunday and Monday. The following is a roundup of parades and dedications taking place around the county:
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, and finish at the parking lot of the Brookfield Historical Society. The annual Strawberry Festival will take place in conjunction with the parade from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brookfield Historical Society.
A memorial service will be held Monday, May 29 at 6:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church on Main Street, followed by the placing of wreaths at 7:10 a.m. at each of the city's war memorials. A parade will then begin at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Rose Street, and continue to Rogers Park, where a ceremony will be held.
The parade will held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29, beginning at the Goodwives Shopping Center on Old Kings Highway North and continue to Spring Grove Cemetery, where a ceremony will be held.
The parade will begin Monday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the Easton Fire House on Center Road and conclude with a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Easton Town Hall.
The parade will begin Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m. It will move from South Pine Creek Road, move along Post Road to the library, and continue on Old Post Road past the Town Green to South Benson Road.
The Byram Veterans Association will hold its Memorial Day parade Sunday, May 28. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at 300 Delavan Ave. and continue to the Byram Shubert Library.
The Glenville parade will also be held Sunday, May 28 at 5 p.m. The parade will begin on Glenville Street and end at the Glenville Volunteer Fire Company on Glenville Road, where a ceremony will be held.
The Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department parade will be held Monday, May 29. It will begin at 10 a.m. and continue down Sound Beach Avenue, and will end at Binney Park, where a ceremony will be held.
The parade will begin Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. and will follow Route 111 to the New War Memorial on the Town Hall Green, where a ceremony will be held.
The parade will be held Monday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m., and conclude at Lakeview Cemetery, where a ceremony will be held.
There will be a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29 at the VFW Post 308 at 18 Tinkerfield Road.
Rowayton will hold its parade on Sunday, May 28 at noon. The parade will begin at the Community Center and continue to downtown Rowayton.
Norwalk will hold its parade Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m. The parade will start at Veterans Park and conclude at the Town Green on East Avenue.
The parade will begin Monday, May 29 at 11:30 a.m. at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church and continue down Main Street to Ballard Park where a ceremony will be held.
A memorial service will be held at Shelton High School on Sunday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.
The Derby-Shelton Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday May 29, at 9 a.m. beginning on at the intersection of Howe Avenue and White Street in Shelton and concluding at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Cottage Street in Derby.
The parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 28 at Judds Corner and end at Veterans Field.
The parade will be held on Sunday, May 28 at noon, beginning at the corner of Summer and Hoyt Streets and concluding with a ceremony at Veterans Park.
A ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29 at Academy Hill, with a parade stepping of at 12:15 p.m. to Main Street to Paradise Green.
On Monday, May 29 there will be a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 7:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at Town Hall at 8:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. there will be a parade from 6540 Main St. to Town Hall.
The parade will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, May 29 on School Road and concludes at Town Hall.
Weston will also hold its Memorial Day Fair Sunday, May 28 from 2 to 10 p.m. and on Monday, May 29 from noon to 4 p.m. at Hurlbutt Elementary School.
The parade will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29, starting at Saugatuck Elementary School, continuing up Riverside Avenue, over to Post Road and on to Town Hall.
A parade will be held Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m., traveling from River Road to Hillside Cemetery.