ROXBURY, NJ – Veteran Roxbury firefighter Lou Bizzari, recently honored by having a road named in his honor, will serve as grand marshal of this year’s Roxbury Memorial Day Parade, it was announced this week.
Bizzari was chosen by the Roxbury Memorial Day Parade Committee, which noted that the Ledgewood resident “has actively served for the past 70 years at Roxbury’s Fire Co. #2.”
The committee also noted that Bizzari was a U.S. Army corporal who fought in the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star, two Oak Leaf Combat Clusters and a Combat Infantry Badge.
Immediately following the parade, Bizzari’s “story of service will be told at the Veterans’ Memorial at Horseshoe Lake, followed by a ceremony of remembrance by Veterans of Foreign War Post 2833 members,” said the committee.
The township and the VFW post are hosting the parade on May 27. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in the Meeker Street parking lot of the Lincoln-Roosevelt School and will proceed south on Hillside Avenue to Main Street.
It will turn east, pause for a military salute at the Presbyterian Church cemetery, turn right onto Eyland Avenue, cross Route 10 and terminate at the township Veterans’ Memorial by Memory Lane on the island in Horseshoe Lake Park.
Veterans, dignitaries and other community groups - as well as the Rory O’Moore School of Pipes and Drums and Roxbury High School’s Marching Gaels - will participate in the parade.
“The VFW members encourage all veterans to take part in the parade,” said the committee, noting that rides are available for those who need them.
“Please join us in honoring Mr. Bizzari, fellow veterans and the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country by gathering along the parade route,” the committee said. “The public is invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial that immediately follows the parade.”
That ceremony will take place even if the parade is cancelled due to rain, but it will happen indoors at the nearby Roxbury Senior Center at 72 Eyland Ave. Rain forced the cancelation of the parade in 2016 and 2017, but the weather cooperated last year.
The committee advised residents to be aware, and plan for, road closures and detours along the parade route. More information can be found here or by calling committee chairperson Christine Houtz at (973) 479-5881.
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