CLARK, NJ - The Township of Clark held its Memorial Day Parade and Service yesterday under sunny skies. Residents lined the sidewalks along Westfield Avenue. Young children raced to catch the candy being tossed to them while senior citizens sat back in thoughtful remembrance. Elected officials, scouts, sports teams, service organizations, local businesses and emergency responders marched along the route, waving to the onlookers.
Watch a slide show of scenes from the parade:
The parade ended, as it does every year, in front of Arthur L. Johnson High School and the township’s World War II Memorial. Earlier in the day, wreaths had been placed around the monument. Easels holding commemorative gold-star street signs were a visual reminder of Clark’s fallen heroes. Another sign, honoring World War II United States Army Private Charles Bitsko, would join the ones already in place before the service had ended.
After an invocation and welcoming remarks, retired police officer William J. “Duff” Duffy stepped to the podium. As Duffy recited the names of each of Clark’s 21 war dead, a trio of cub, boy, and girl scouts walked to the monument to place an American flag in front of the monument. The flag for James W. Harvey, killed in Afghanistan in 2011, was placed by his parents. A final, twenty-second flag was placed to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.
As a somber crowd looked on, members of the ALJ Marching Band played Taps, followed by the sharp report of a rifle salute.
View scenes from the service: