The clouds were out but so were neighbors and families – all lined along East Grant Avenue and Chestnut Street. They were waiting for the parade. At ten o’clock, Mayor Carl Hokanson who was standing next to William Fahoury – one of the only two members of council who are veterans – bellowed out, “Okay! It’s ten o’clock! Let’s go!”
And with that, the 2018 Memorial Day parade proceeded down the avenue. Led by the police honor guard and this year’s Grand Mashal Emil Trgala, the procession of veterans, school children, musicians, volunteers, scouts, organizations, and dancers waved was they walked or rode in cars, trucks or on horses.
Fanfare was welcomed by waving hands, cheers, whistles, and applause.
When everyone in the parade passed the reviewing stand, the crowd began to gather in front of the town’s center of knowledge partly named after the day – the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library.
In solemnity, those in attendance heard the names of 45 residents who died in service of their country. Wreaths were laid and an honorary salute was performed.
Afterward, the town had a picnic and friends and neighbors and families ate and had a good time.
But not before the town held a brief moment of remembrance for those who died elsewhere in defense of America.
Photographs from today’s parade and ceremony can be viewed on the newspaper’s Facebook page: