ROXBURY, NJ - A Ledgewood man who served in the Navy during the Korean War will be the grand marshal of this year's Roxbury Memorial Day Parade, according to the parade committee.
The man, Jack Hogan, served from 1949 to 1953, said Michele O'Halloran, who is an assistant to Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd.
"Immediately following the parade, Mr. Hogan’s story of service will be told at the Veterans’ Memorial at Horseshoe Lake, followed by a ceremony of remembrance by VFW Post 2833 members," O'Halloran said in a statement. "Additionally, Staff Sergeant Don Miller, Commander - Disabled American Veterans, will speak."
The parade is being co-hosted by the township and the Kenvil-based VFW post. It begins 10 a.m. on Monday at the Meeker Sreet parking lot of the Lincoln/Roosevelt School and proceeds south on Hillside Avenue to Main Street. Then the parade will travel east along Main Street to Eyland Ave., turn south along Eyland Ave., cross Route 10 and continue on to Horseshoe LakePark.
The parade will end at the Veterans’ Memorial on Memory Lane in the park.
"Roxbury is excited to have the Rory O’Moore School of Pipes and Drums march in the parade this year," O'Halloran said. "Please join us in honoring Mr. Hogan, fellow veterans, and the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, by cheering for them along the parade route. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial that immediately follows the parade."
If the parade is canceled due to rain, the ceremony will take place at the Roxbury Senior Center at 72 Eyland Ave., according to O'Halloran. Spring rain has been a nemesis of the parade, forcing its cancelation in 2016 and 2017. Weather forecasters are now predicting showers for Monday.
Motorists are warned to be aware there will be road closures and detours along the parade route.
For more information, go to http://www.roxburynj.us/536/Memorial-Day-Parade or contact Parade Committee Chair Christine Houtz (973) 479-5881.