The 51st Annual Wellesley Veterans’ Parade starts at the intersection of Route 16 (Washington Street) and Route 9 and continues westbound along Route 16 to Wellesley Square. The reviewing stand is in Wellesley Square. The parade lasts from 1-3pm.
Honorees for 2019
|Co-Parade Grand Marshal||RICHARD F. JOYCE — In recognition of his retirement from 24 years of outstanding service to the Town of Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant.
MICHAEL P. PAKSTIS — In recognition of his retirement from 19 years of outstanding service as the Director of the Department of Public Works.
|Distinguished Service Award||ELLEN F. GIBBS — In recognition of her 9 years of outstanding service on the Board of Selectmen, many additional years of service to the Town and as a longtime Town Meeting Member.|
|Community Service Award||PAUL L. CRISWELL — In recognition of his 10 years of service on the Board of Public Works, and as a longtime Town Meeting Member.|
|Community Service Award||MICHAEL D’ORTENZIO, JR. – In recognition of 3 years of service on the School Committee, including 1 year as chairman, as well as service as a Town Meeting Member.|
|Community Service Award||DR. ROBERT L. EVANS — In recognition of his retirement after 45 years, most recently as the Executive Director of the Human Relations Service, Inc. and during that time for his outstanding service addressing the mental health needs of Wellesley and surrounding communities.|
|Community Service Award||ANDREW WROBEL — In recognition of his 4 terms on the Recreation Commission, as Chairman for 6 years and chairing the Playing Fields Task Force for 3 years and for 9 years leading the 900 Worcester St. Committee and as a longtime Town Meeting Member.|
|Chief of Staff||DR. LAWRENCE B. DiBONA — In recognition of his over 30 years of service in the U.S. Navy and Reserves, retiring as a Captain and over 50 years of service as a dentist in Wellesley.|
|Dedicated Service Award||DEBRA J. HEALY — In recognition of her 24 years of service with the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant, most recently as the Assistant Director.|
|Dedicated Service Award||LYNNE F. NOVOGROSKI — In recognition of her retirement from 49 years of offering outstanding education to students at Wellesley High School, most recently as Assistant Principal of Bradford House.|
|Special Recognition Award||THE AMERICAN LEGION — In recognition of the American Legion’s and Wellesley’s American Legion Post #72’s 100th Birthdays and recognition of their offering of service to Veterans and to the Town of Wellesley.|
|Special Recognition Award||BABSON COLLEGE —In recognition of the 100TH Anniversary of its founding and during that century of offering outstanding education at this elite institution of higher learning.|
|Special Recognition Award||HASKINS AUTOMOTIVE — In recognition of its 90 TH Anniversary in business offering service to the automotive needs of the citizens of the Town of Wellesley.|
|Special Recognition Award||HOUSE AND GARDEN CLUB OF WELLESLEY – In recognition of its 60th birthday, doing many community projects including funding, planting and maintenance of Butterfly Gardens at four Wellesley elementary schools, Wellesley Center’s Central Park, providing Town Hall holiday decorations, hosting a Friendly Aid’s Camp Fund Auction, providing Garden Therapy for seniors, and hosting a town-wide Geranium Sale to fund these and other town projects.|
|Special Recognition Award||ST. ANDREWS CHURCH — In recognition of its 125TH Anniversary of offering religious services to the citizens of the Town of Wellesley and surrounding communities.|
|Special Recognition Award||WELLESLEY HILLS JUNIOR WOMEN’S CLUB – In recognition of its 75th Anniversary of service toward the betterment and enhancement of the Town of Wellesley.|
|Special Recognition Award||WINDSOR PRESS — In recognition of its 90th Anniversary in business offering printing services to the citizens of the Town of Wellesley and surrounding communities.|