A leader in the Daughters of the American Revolution will be the grand marshal when New Canaan holds its Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27.

The procession leaves St. Mark’s Church on Oenoke Ridge at 9:30 a.m. and heads south to Lakeview Cemetery. Ceremonies will be held there, with the keynote speech by U.S. Army Capt. (ret.) Aaron Hall.

Grand Marshal Lisa Melland was born in Omaha, Neb., and has been a resident of New Canaan for 23 years. For the last three years, she served as regent of the Hannah Benedict Carter Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in New Canaan. Melland was recently elected to the office of Connecticut DAR state chaplain and appointed as a national vice chairman at DAR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Hannah Benedict Carter Chapter, NSDAR, in New Canaan was organized in 1894, and is one of the largest and fastest growing DAR chapters in Connecticut.

In New Canaan, Melland founded and chaired the Mead Playground Renovation in 1998 and assisted in the development of the Founding Families Campaign to determine demand for what came to be known as the Waveny Pool. She has held multiple community service leadership positions including serving as New Canaan CARES Kitchen Tour chair for two years. She is the recipient of a Volunteer of the Year Award from New Canaan CARES.

Melland graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, bachelor of science degree in economics, magna cum laude. Elected president of the American Marketing Association, Wharton/Penn Chapter, she was a brand management marketing executive with Clorox and Kenner Toys.

She has been married to Scot Melland for 30 years and they have two daughters, Katie and Lydia. They are parishioners at St. Mark’s where they can be found manning the “meat tent” or the white elephant sale yearly at the May Fair.

Ceremony

The Rev. Dr. Derrick Fallon, pastor of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, will give the invocation, and benediction during ceremonies at Lakeview Cemetery, where the parade ends.

The speaker will be U.S. Army Capt. Aaron Hall (ret.). Hall served in the U.S. Army from 2004 to 2014, primarily with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Hall completed two combat deployments to Iraq during the campaigns of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. He also served on Foreign Internal Defense (FID) missions to the Middle East training fellow Special Forces.

During Hall’s service, he received the Meritorious Service Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, two Valorous Unit Awards, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, two Iraqi Campaign Medals with Campaign Stars, an Army Service Ribbon, an Overseas Service Ribbon, a Parachutist Badge, a German Armed Forces Badge and German Language Proficiency.

Line of March

The Exchange Club and its band will march before the parade starts and hand out American flags

Grand Marshal

Colors

Veterans

Veteran Trailer

Town Band

Town Officials, Guest Speaker and Clergy

Board of Education

Police Department

U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

League of Women Voters (LWV)

Girl Scouts & Brownies

Knights of Columbus

Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts

New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Mount Kisco Scottish Bagpipers

Fire Department

Vista Fire Department

CERT - Community Emergency Response Team

New Canaan Mounted Troop

New Canaan Historical Society

New Canaan High School Band

New Canaan Baseball

New Canaan Softball

YMCA Adventure Guides

Staying Put in New Canaan

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