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Cranford's Memorial Day Parade Set for May 28

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CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Memorial Day Parade, hosted by the Cranford Recreation and Parks Department, will be held on Monday, May 28.

According to a press release from the department, line up begins at the Cranford Community Center at 8:30 a.m. and marching begins at 9 a.m., ending in the traditional memorial ceremony at Memorial Park at 10 a.m.

Grand Marshal James Silkensen, United States Army, VFW Post #335 will lead the parade, according to the press release. He will march with the VFW Color Guard.

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Following the grand marshal is the Cranford High School Marching Band, flag bearers carried by Boy Scout Troops 75 and 80, Mayor Thomas Hannen, Jr. and the Cranford Township Committee, Cranford Police, Cranford Fire Department, Cranford First Aid Squad and Cranford Council Knights of Columbus, according to the press release.

Other marchers include the Union County Pipes and Drums Band, Cranford Historical Society, Crane’s FORD D.A.R., Hillside Avenue School Band, Cranford Democratic Club, Azure-Masada Lodge #22, Cranford Republican Club, Mayor and Council of Borough of Garwood, Garwood Fire Department, Garwood First Aid Squad, American Lab Rescue, Sunny Acres Civic Group, Shining Stars, Cranford Elks #2006 Motorcycle Club, Car Group and other vehicles, according to the press release.

The line-up is complete with the Orange Avenue School Band, Cranford Community of Girl Scouts, Boy Scout Troops 75 and 80, Cub Packs 75 and 103, Cranford Lacrosse Club, Cranford Baseball and Softball League, Cranford Soccer and the Cranford Hockey Club, according to the press release.

A limited number of American flags will be distributed to attendees along the parade route. The department asks those with flags to wave them to show support as the various groups walk by, according to the press release.

During the ceremony, the Cranford High School Madrigal Ensemble and the Cranford High School Marching Band will provide musical selections, according to the press release.

In case of inclement weather, the services only will be held at the Cranford Community Center at 10 a.m.

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