HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Air Force and Vietnam War veteran Ron Newsom will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Memorial Day Parade and Services in the Garden of Honor at the municipal complex on Saturday, May 27th.

Newsom served in Vietnam as part of the 96th Combat Support Group. When he returned stateside, the sergeant was stationed in Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas. After leaving the Air Force, Newsom returned to his hometown of Memphis to attend the University of Memphis. He joined Kraft Foods and after a 30 year career in various management positions retired.

Newsom and his wife Rose have lived in Hillsborough for 25 years ahd have three children and six grandchildren.

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He is a Past Grand Knight with the Somerville Knights of Columbus, former president of the Hunterdon Barbershop Chorus, president of Hearthstone at Hillsborough Active over 55 Community and a member of the Mary, Mother of God choir.

Newsom will lead the Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade that begins at the corner of Auten and Triangle Roads at 10:30 am. The parade route will proceed from Auten Road onto New Amwell Road then onto Beekman Lane, concluding at the Garden of Honor.

Newsom will also be the featured speaker during the Garden of Honor Ceremony that begins at 11:15 am at the Municipal Complex.

“What more fitting way to honor our Veterans at the Salute to Veterans Breakfast, but to also have them lead our parade and then finally having our Grand Marshal address the crowd during the Garden of Honor Ceremonies,” said Township Committeeman Greg Burchette,

All service veterans living in Hillsborough are invited to participate in the 12 th Annual Salute to Veterans Breakfast and to lead Hillsborough’s Memorial Day Parade and Commemoration program on May 27. Registration is required for the breakfast and can be completed online at the Township’s Parks and Recreation website, by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 908-369-4832 or by completing the paper registration form.

The Memorial Day commemorative program will kick off with the ‘Salute to Veterans’ Breakfast at the Peter J. Biondi Municipal Building at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Memorial Day Parade. The Salute to Veterans Breakfast will be held rain or shine. The ceremony at the Garden of Honor, at 11:15 a.m., will conclude the formal events for the day.

The rain date for the Parade and Garden of Honor Ceremonies is Sunday, May 28.