Southington observes Memorial Day

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Photos by TAYLOR HARTZ

Former soldiers, town residents, and local groups traveled to local cemeteries, public places, and converged on the Southington Town Green on Monday, May 25 to observe Memorial Day.

Members of Southington veteran organizations march during a joint flag raising ceremony held at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

Members of Southington veteran organizations march during a joint flag raising ceremony held at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

John DiSantos, a member of American Legion Kiltonic Post 72, stands on the town green following the Memorial Day parade and ceremony on May 25, 2015.

John DiSantos, a member of American Legion Kiltonic Post 72, stands on the town green following the Memorial Day parade and ceremony on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion march toward Kiltonic Post 72 on Main St. where the Southington Town Council stands following a Memorial Day ceremony and parade on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion march toward Kiltonic Post 72 on Main St. where the Southington Town Council stands following a Memorial Day ceremony and parade on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 march on the town green following a gun salute after the Memorial Day parade and service on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 march on the town green following a gun salute after the Memorial Day parade and service on May 25, 2015.

A member of the American Legion Marine Corps League sounds taps on the town green following the Memorial Day parade and service on May 25, 2015.

A member of the American Legion Marine Corps League sounds taps on the town green following the Memorial Day parade and service on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 stand on the town green for a gun salute following the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 stand on the town green for a gun salute following the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

A Vietnam Veteran and member of the American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 speaks during a ceremony following the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

A Vietnam Veteran and member of the American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 speaks during a ceremony following the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion and Boy Scouts lay wreaths and place flags in front of a memorial on the town green after the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion and Boy Scouts lay wreaths and place flags in front of a memorial on the town green after the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion and Boy Scouts lay wreaths and place flags in front of a memorial on the town green after the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion and Boy Scouts lay wreaths and place flags in front of a memorial on the town green after the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Leah Heeran, 7, marches with the Hatton Brownies Girl Scout troop while carrying a picture of her Great Uncle, a veteran, during the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Leah Heeran, 7, marches with the Hatton Brownies Girl Scout troop while carrying a picture of her Great Uncle, a veteran, during the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

A young girl is pulled down Main St. in a decorated wagon during the Southington Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

A young girl is pulled down Main St. in a decorated wagon during the Southington Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Petite Miss Southington (far left,) Petite Miss Plantsillve (left,) Sunshine Miss Plantsville (right,) and Pre-Teen Miss Plantsville (far right) march in the Southington Memorial Day Parade on May 25, 2015.

Petite Miss Southington (far left,) Petite Miss Plantsillve (left,) Sunshine Miss Plantsville (right,) and Pre-Teen Miss Plantsville (far right) march in the Southington Memorial Day Parade on May 25, 2015.

Southington Town Council members Victoria Triano (right,) and Cheryl Lonsbury (left,) cheer on residents marching down Main St. in the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Southington Town Council members Victoria Triano (right,) and Cheryl Lonsbury (left,) cheer on residents marching down Main St. in the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Southington residents march down Main St. during the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Southington residents march down Main St. during the Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2015.

Sen. Joe Markley (R-Conn.,) and Rep. David Zoni (D-Conn.) march down Main St. in the Southington Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2014.

Sen. Joe Markley (R-Conn.,) and Rep. David Zoni (D-Conn.) march down Main St. in the Southington Memorial Day parade on May 25, 2014.

The Southington Police Department marches down Main St. in the Memorial Day Parade on May 25, 2015.

The Southington Police Department marches down Main St. in the Memorial Day Parade on May 25, 2015.

Harris Bouchard, 2, and Peyton Bouchard, 4, wave American flags while watching the Memorial Day parade on Main St. on May 25, 2015.

Harris Bouchard, 2, and Peyton Bouchard, 4, wave American flags while watching the Memorial Day parade on Main St. on May 25, 2015.

Caitlyn Majeski, 8, watches the Southington Memorial Day parade on Main St. on May 25, 2015.

Caitlyn Majeski, 8, watches the Southington Memorial Day parade on Main St. on May 25, 2015.

Caitlyn Majeski, 8, watches the Southington Memorial Day parade on Main St. on May 25, 2015.

Caitlyn Majeski, 8, watches the Southington Memorial Day parade on Main St. on May 25, 2015.

Members of the American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 sound taps and stand for a gun salute following a joint flag raising ceremony held by the Southington veterans organizations at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

Members of the American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 sound taps and stand for a gun salute following a joint flag raising ceremony held by the Southington veterans organizations at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

WWII veteran William Kelley (center)  salutes alongside American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 Commander Steve McCarty (right) and son James Kelley (left,) after raising the flag at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

WWII veteran William Kelley (center) salutes alongside American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 Commander Steve McCarty (right) and son James Kelley (left,) after raising the flag at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

WWII veteran William Kelley (center) bows his head alongside American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 Commander Steve McCarty (right) and son James Kelley (left,) after raising the flag at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

WWII veteran William Kelley (center) bows his head alongside American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 Commander Steve McCarty (right) and son James Kelley (left,) after raising the flag at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

A joint flag raising ceremony was held by local veteran organizations at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

A joint flag raising ceremony was held by local veteran organizations at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

Members of the American legion Kiltonic Post 72 saulte during a joint flag raising ceremony held by veterans organizations at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

Members of the American legion Kiltonic Post 72 saulte during a joint flag raising ceremony held by veterans organizations at the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

WWII veteran William Kelley (center) raises an American flag alongside American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 Commander Steve McCarty (right) and son James Kelley (left,) outside the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

WWII veteran William Kelley (center) raises an American flag alongside American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 Commander Steve McCarty (right) and son James Kelley (left,) outside the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

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