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Basilone Parade and Events Coming This Weekend

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RARITAN, NJ - The John Basilone parade is returning to Raritan with a weekend of events to honor the late Marine John Basilone.

First, the 27th annual John Basilone concert featuring the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band will be held at the theatre at Raritan Valley Community College Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

Concert tickets are free. Call the theatre at 908-725-3420 or visit the theatre for tickets.

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The parade will head down Somerset Street beginning at 1 p.m. Sept. 18.

The 2016 grand marshall for the parade is John Sturges, a World War II veteran, and the 2016 guest speaker will be retired Lt. Gen. Richard Zilmer.

Basilone, of Raritan, was the only enlisted Marine to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross, and was the only one to return to action after winning the Medal of Honor and be killed in action.

For more information, visit basiloneparade.com.

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