CLARK, NJ – Although the threat of inclement weather forced the cancellation of its annual Memorial Day parade, the Township of Clark honored its war dead in a ceremony held on the lawn of the Arthur L. Johnson High School on Monday.

“Our township is a very proud town,” Mayor Sal Bonaccorso said. “It is so nice to see everyone assembled here in thought and prayer.”

Clark American Legion Commander Butch Swietek read the names of Clark’s fallen heroes as representatives of the American Legion, Clark Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts placed flags around the township's World War II monument.

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Clark Cub Scout Pack 145 had an added feature on its parade float this year, a “Missing Man Table,” set to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.  The float was stationed near the ceremony despite the parade cancellation.

Early heavy rain forced parade organizers to change the day’s plans. “It was pouring at 6:30 [a.m.],” Councilman Al Barr said. “It had to be done.”

Bonaccorso said the parade was anticipated to have been the township’s largest in 16 years, but he looks forward to it happening next year.  

To learn about those men from Clark who paid the ultimate price in service to their country, visit Clark’s Fallen Heroes.