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Memorial Day traditions will be honored May 27


KENT—Kent traditionally has gone all-out for Memorial Day, turning Main Street into a sea of red, white and blue as the Lions Club continues its tradition of handing out little American flags for all to wave.

During the beginning of the 2023 parade on Bridge Street, residents applauded veterans from the steps of Sacred Heart Church. This year’s Memorial Day parade will be held May 27 with step off at 9:30 a.m. Photo by Lynn Mellis Worthington

The annual parade will kick off at 9:30 a.m., starting at the Kent Center School and moving along Elizabeth Street to Route 341 where it will progress to the Veterans Memorial adjacent to the firehouse for a salute.

The ceremonies will be punctuated by a flyover by the United States Air Force.

The parade will then reverse its direction and turn north along Main Street to the Kent Memorial Library—originally erected in honor of the men who served in World War I—where it will halt for a brief ceremony.

The parade ends at the Community House, where the Kent Lions Club will give out ice cream.

Participating in the parade will be the American Legion and Kent veterans, the Boy Scouts, the fire department, the town of Kent and more. 

The Kent Land Trust will again host a free picnic in the afternoon at its field south of the village center with music and fun activities for all beginning at 11 a.m. 

For more information contact Matt Busse, park and recreation director, 860-927-1003;

The Memorial Day parade will be held May 27 with step off at 9:30 a.m. from Kent Center School. In 2023, veterans salute in front of the Kent Memorial Library from a float. Photo by Lynn Mellis Worthington
Kathryn Boughton
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    May 10, 2024 at 10:45 am

    Memorial Day in Kent with all of its festivities is one of my two favorite days in town!

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