Darien paying tribute to its founder on Anniversary Day

Thaddeus Bell, Jr.,(1759-1851,) who is the town of Darien's founder, is going to be honored by the town on its Anniversary Day, on Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 5:45 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Slawson Cemetery in the town, as part of the town's 2020 BiCentennial Celebration.

Thaddeus Bell, Jr.,(1759-1851,) who is the town of Darien's founder, is going to be honored by the town on its Anniversary Day, on Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 5:45 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Slawson Cemetery in the town, as part of the town's 2020 BiCentennial Celebration.

“The Story of Darien, Connecticut” by Author Kenneth M. Reiss, (2009); courtesy of The Museum of Darien, (formerly the Darien Hi

Anniversary Day - to mark the date that Darien received its town charter - will be celebrated Saturday.

The graveside ceremony at Slawnson Cemetery, 107 Hanson Road, will also pay tribute to Thaddeus Bell, Jr., who is the Revolutionary War veteran who championed the cause of the town’s independence and was also the founder of the town. Anniversary Day is also part of the town’s 2020 bicentennial celebration.

Nearby parking at Slawson Cemetery is limited, and the site is not ADA accessible. The ceremony will be recorded on Darien Government Access Television (Channel 79). For questions and information about ADA accessibility at Slawson Cemetery, send an email to info.darien2020@gmail.com.

The ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m. with a performance by the Spirit of Black Rock Fife and Drum Corps, followed by the ringing of the bells at 6 p.m. by local houses of worship and volunteer fire departments. Boy Scout Troop 53 will then present the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

There will also be remarks by Darien 2020 Bicentennial Committee Chairman Al Miller; an opening prayer by First Congregational Church of Darien Interim Senior Minister the Rev. Denise Terry; and a welcoming statement by First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.

The presentation of the Thaddeus Bell, Jr. grave marker will follow. Honorary Regent Katherine Love and members of the Good Wife’s River Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will make the presentation.

The Bicentennial Committee praises members of the Good Wife’s River Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution for the Grave Marker, the Masonic Club of Darien for the donation of the base to Bell’s Grave Marker and to Andrew Melillo for the restoration of the gravestone of Thaddeus Bell, Jr.’s wife, Elizabeth Howe Bell.

Taps - performed by Tere Mak - will close the ceremony.

For more information on Darien’s bicentennial, visit www.darienct.gov/2020, Facebook at Darien2020, Instagram at darienct200, and Twitter at DarienCT200