EDISON, NJ – The township will posthumously honor U.S. Marine Corps veteran John A. Bednar, naming the late 84-year-old as Grand Marshal of its upcoming 53rd Annual Memorial Day parade.
“Mr. Bednar was a proud Marine Corps veteran and a lifelong resident of the Fords,” Mayor Thomas Lankey said. “Honoring John's memory as our parade's Grand Marshal is the right thing to do.”
Bednar, who passed away April 8, had been named Grand Marshal in March. His family members told town officials that Bednar was so glad to be chosen that he already had his Marine Corps dress uniform re-tailored to wear in the parade.
Edison's Memorial Day Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24th on Amboy Avenue, from Walsh Avenue to Brower Avenue. After the parade, refreshments, hosted by American Legion Clara Barton Post 324, will be served.
Bednar was a member of the Marine Corp League-Avenel Cpl. Kevin J. Reinhard Detachment and life member of the American Legion Post 324 of Edison where he held many posts including chaplain.
Bednar joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1948, and the regular Marines in 1950 at age 20. He was an aircraft mechanic stationed at Marine Corps Base-Quantico in Virginia, where he at one time he performed maintenance on the Presidential helicopter, Marine One. He was honorably discharged in 1952 with the rank of sergeant.
Bednar worked for 30 years as an enforcement agent with the State Police Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish-Holy Trinity Church in Perth Amboy; the Senior Citizen's Club at the church; the Most Holy Name of Jesus Society; and the Slovak American Club.