EAST HANOVER,N.J.- The cloudy day couldn't darken the bright spirits parading down Ridgedale Avenue Monday morning. The East Hanover Chief of Police Chris Cannizzo and his wife Tanya lead the caravan honoring the fallen and currently serving men and women in the military. The East Hanover Police Department, Fire Department and First Aid Squads followed Mayor Joseph Pannullo and members of the town council.
The Cuchullain Pipe Band marched and also played during the ceremony honoring all armed forces. The Boys, Girls and Cub scouts were all smiles and showered parade-goers with candy. Spectators were also treated to the Hanover Park Hornets Marching Band and several other music ensembles.
The parade route concluded at Lurker Park, where Mayor Pannullo welcomed the community and honored guests. After Father Owen of St. Rose of Lima church offered a blessing, Pannullo introduced the parade Grand Marshall and long time East Hanover resident Robert Wegner. Wegner served in three branches of the military and retired a second class petty officer. Wegner addressed the crowd, reminding them to vote as that was a right the military fought for.
Special guest speaker Javier Rodriguez, a highly decorated and educated Army captain, served since 1995 and addressed the crowd next.
The Girl Scout float glittered bright on this cloudy day. The effort was led by Melissa Politi, mom of East Hanover Middle schoolers, and scouts Amelia and Angelina. When asked if they helped Angelina Politi offered,"it was really my grandmother". Grandmother Claire Garza confirmed she was "the bow maker".
This is one of the main parade traditions for East Hanover, coupled with Columbus Day.
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