RARITAN, NJ - Raritan will host the 38th Annual John Basilone Memorial Parade, honoring National World War II hero Marine Sgt. John Basilone, Sept. 22.

Basilone received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his action during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942, and the Navy Cross posthumously for heroism in the Battle of Iwo Jima, where he was killed in 1945.

The parade grows in size and popularity each year, and, last year, many units marched along with military and high school bands before thousands of spectators.

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This year’s parade will include military groups, veterans’ organizations, floats, cyclists, boy scouts, girl scouts, sea scouts, ROTC units, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, military vehicles, Marine detachments, fire companies, rescue squads and other civic and patriotic groups.

The parade begins at 1 p.m., on Somerset Street in Raritan.

Festivities begin with the 5K Manila Madness run Sept. 21, starting at the Basilone statue at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Prior to the parade on Sept. 22, the John Basilone Museum at the Raritan Public Library will be open to visitors at 9:30 a.m., and there will be a Memorial Mass at St. Ann Church at 10 a.m.

For more information, visit www.raritan-online.com, or send a message to basiloneparade@gmail.com.