NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Hometown Hero Banners are flying in the borough in honor of Memorial Day. Residents and visitors are invited to take a stroll downtown to pay tribute to the local service men and women who are honored on banners hung from streetlights in New Providence.
The New Providence PBA 132 launched the Hometown Hero Banner Program in 2016, thanks to Officer Mike Hand, and it has grown since that time. Last year, Detective Joseph Parlapiano took over the Hometown Hero Banner program. Click here to locate specific Hometown Heroes.
For the first time in more than 65 years, there will be no parade down Springfield Avenue in New Providence on Memorial Day. The parade has been a mainstay in the community, rain or shine dating back to 1954. The decision to cancel this year’s Memorial Day parade was made with a heavy heart in light of the continuing threat to our community from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In cooperation with American Legion Post #433, the Borough of New Providence has created a video of past parades as a way of properly saying thank you to all the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Bernadette Cuccaro, Community Activities Director, collected the photos and created the video that will feature New Providence Memorial Day pictures going back to 1954 to 2019.
On Memorial Day each year, all Americans stop to honor the more than 1.2 million Americans that have died in battle since 1775. From the 4,435 soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefields of the American Revolutionary War, to the 618,222 soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Civil War, to the 6,915 Americans who lost their lives to the Global War on Terrorism.