ROXBURY, NJ – With fewer than a dozen of its members able to march in this Monday’s Memorial Day parade, a local VFW post is hoping other area military folks will help by joining in.
The invitation by VFW Post 2833, of Kenvil, is open to anybody who served in the military, during wartime or peacetime, said Post 2833 Junior Vice Commander Bob Mederos. “We are looking for all veterans in Roxbury to come out and march with us,” he said.”
Post Commander John Lehnert said active members of the armed services who wish to join the parade are also invited.
There are only six or seven members of the post who are able to march in the parade, he said, so accompaniment by other service members is welcomed. “Sometimes we have the Vietnam vets that would march with us,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be just VFW members, it can be other groups as well.”
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the marchers will begin setting up at about 9 a.m. at Lincoln-Roosevelt school on North Hillside Avenue. The parade ends at the Veteran’s Memorial Park within Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna, where there will be speeches and other memorial activities.
“If by any chance you cannot walk, we have vehicles available for all veterans that would want to join us,” said Mederos. He asked any veterans unable to walk to call him at (973) 668-9166 so the VFW can make sure it has enough vehicles.
Boy Scout Troop 188 Scoutmaster Michael Mangano will be master of ceremonies at the parade's-end ceremony. The parade's grand marshal will be Alfred Sippel.
The opening prayer will be offered by the Rev. Marc Mancini of St. Therese Church and the national anthem will be sung by Roxbury High School Choir section leaders Zach Baccaro, Erin Gaffney, Ciera Scire and Brendan Williams.
Mangaro is expected to speak, telling Sippel's story. Also speaking will be Lehnert, Roxbury Councilman Bob De Fillippo and U.S. Army Cpt. Sean Milde.
If rain forces cancelation of the parade, the ceremonies will take place in the VFW post at 16 High St. in Kenvil.