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Civil Defense Exercise and ParadeOn Sunday, June 27, 1953. Operation "Willimantic Plan" was a huge Civil defense exercise that involved 1400 firefighters, police and communication workers who fought 6 "fires" set off by an "atomic bomb attack". Following the exercises there was a parade from Lincoln Square and an "air demonstration".
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VFW ParadeWe are still looking for information about this parade. The back of the picture says simply, "VFW Parade".
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People Parade Back in the 80s, 3 artists created a painting of Main St. and the people who were often seen there, including many of the shopkeepers. It is hanging in the Town Hall lobby. Years ago, I took pictures of the mural, divided them up into 9 sections and put a number near each person, hoping to be able to identify as many as possible. I couldn't get as close as I wanted to the original picture because there was a big framed poster in front of it. But if there is enough interest, I'll go back and take more pics in a higher resolution.This is the 3rd of 9 pictures. Recognize anybody?
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Company "E" leaves Willimantic for the Spanish-American War - 1898Captain Flynn and the 110 men of Company E prepare to depart Willimantic for Niantic, the first stop on their way to the Spanish-American War. The Thread Co. and most businesses shut down and the entire city was decorated with flags for the occasion. Almost every society, club and government body participated in a parade to Union Station. From there, the Company went for further training at Fort Meade. They remained at Fort Meade for the duration of the War and returned to Willimantic in March, 1899.
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People Parade - 2
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Memorial Day, 1911This photo shows the 1911 Memorial Day parade.The drum belonged to Wheeler's American Band which accompanied the Police Department in that parade and behind Wheeler's was the local National Guard Company, Company "L". In back of Company "L" is the French-Canadian paramilitary organization, Garde Florimond. They had already marched up Main St. and were "picking up" the Grand Army of the Republic and Women’s Relief Corps Floral Wagon, The Spanish-American War veterans and a large contingent of children from Natchaug School for the march to Willimantic Cemetery. The parade of 1911 was the first in which a group of schoolchildren was asked to participate. Pic of the Week September 5, 2013
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World War I - Welcome HomeIn August, 1919, Willimantic held a Welcome Home parade for the veterans of World War I. In the foreground are Reserve Corps Medical Officers. Willimantic's Company "L", Second Infantry, CTARNG follows in platoon formation. Behind them are servicemen of other outfits. Lieutenant James J. Lee was in command.
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People Parade - 1
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People Parade - 3
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World War One Victory parade?? (Not sure)
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People Parade - 4
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National Biscuit Company's entry in the 1910 July 4th parade.The parade, which was over one mile long, included a “work horse” division. This horse and carriage also participated in Hartford's "Work Horse Parade" in May of the same year. Pic of the Week Feb. 20, 2014
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1931Veterans of Foreign Wars EncampmentThis photo was taken at Memorial Park after the 1931Veterans of Foreign Wars encampment and parade. Former Governor John Trumbull is presenting Captain Harry Generous of the 43rd Division, Aviation, CTARNG with a trophy for the best flying record of the year.
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Memorial Day Parade - 1908Chief Edgar.H. Richmond (left) and Lieutenant Daniel Killourey are leading the Willimantic Police (Patrolmen John Manley, Carl Enander, Allan McArthur, Louis Paulhus, Thomas Grady, P.J. Hurley, E.P. Weeks, Edward Leahy, Joseph Cartier and Henry Chamberlin). They are followed by Parade Marshal Luke Flynn and his staff on horseback, Charles Wheeler’s Willimantic Band, Company “L” of the National Guard and Garde Florimond.
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1928 Memorial Day ParadeOne of the finest floats in every Memorial Day Parade was the one entered by the American Thread Company. It is shown here passing the old Hurley Block in 1928, and is pictured from the roof of the Commercial Block, which was destroyed by fire in 1968. The four businesses in the Hurley Block are the Hurley Grant Company, Martin's photographers, the Rex Restaurant and Rogers Pharmacy.
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People Parade - 5
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