Roselle Park will be holding its annual Memorial Day Parade tomorrow, May 28th at 10 a.m.
The parade will start at Sherman Elementary School will proceed on East Grant Avenue to Chestnut Street. It will then turn and walk towards the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library once it passes the reviewing stand.
The parade will feature community groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school bands, high school clubs, classic cars, motorcycles, color guards, veterans groups, police vehicles, Newark Mounted Police and Motorcycle Squads, Union County Emergency Medical Service vehicles, fire trucks, DPW trucks, and more.
Once the parade ends, a memorial service will be held at the library to honor those who lost their lives in service of defending America. The service will begin with an invocation by Reverend Father James F. Spera of the Church of the Assumption, followed by remarks by Mayor Carl A. Hokanson. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by members of the Roselle Park Scout Troops followed by the National Anthem sung by Mariann Brenner. Afterward, there will be the introduction of Post Commanders of American Legion Post #60, George Szollosi, the Catholic War Veterans Post #866, and Union County American Legion Commander Michael Connelly.
The mayor will welcome and present a proclamation to Grand Marshal Mr. Emil M. Trgala. A military medley by The Roselle Park High School Marching Band will be performed under the direction of Bob Masucci. Mayor Hokanson will read the Roselle Park Honor Roll of those who gave their lives in service and defense of America followed by a gun salute by the American Legion Post #60 firing squad. Richard LaSalle and Michael Donoughue will play “Butterfield’s Lullaby”, better known as “Taps.” Reverend Manuel Cruz Jr. of the Community United Methodist Church will close the service with a benediction followed by “God Bless America” performed by Councilman Thos Shipley. The Memorial Service will end with bagpipes played by Pat Hinds.
After the service, there will be a town picnic at the Casano Community Center.