SUMMIT, NJ - The official onset of Summit's "Hometown Heroes" program and the annual parade through downtown are among the featured elements of The City of Summit's May 28 Memorial Day celebration. Starting at 10 a.m., the parade will begin at 25 DeForest Avenue and proceed to the Village Green, a procession that honors those men and women who -- from the American Revolution up to present day conflicts -- have lost their lives in military service to our country.
Summit civic and school groups are encouraged to participate and march along with veterans. The Summit High School marching band, Summit Police Department, Summit Fire Department, Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, and scout troops will also march in the parade.
Spectators are encouraged to gather on Deforest Avenue, Beechwood Road, Springfield Avenue and along Maple Street to the Village Green. Flags will be distributed to the crowd by marchers along the route. Veterans who are unable to march may request a ride in the parade, and are asked to meet members of the American Legion Post #322 at the start at 25 Deforest Avenue to request assistance.
The ceremony on the Village Green will feature music from the Summit High School marching band, a rifle salute and wreath-laying, and a special performance of “taps.” A Summit Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented by Summit Mayor Nora Radest and followed by readings from local students.
Veterans participating in Summit’s "Hometown Heroes" program will be acknowledged during the ceremony as well. All veterans who attend the ceremony will receive a 2018 commemorative coin in recognition of, and appreciation for, their service.
The "Hometown Heroes" program recognizes 100 local veterans by placing their names, images and dates of service on street banners, which will line select Summit thoroughfares and remain in place through July 4.
An individual is eligible to take part in the "Hometown Heroes" program if they are serving or have served in any one of the following branches of the United States Armed forces: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. Members of the United States Merchant Marine and Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II are also invited to apply for what will be an annual program.
Hometown Heroes is funded through public donations, including support from the Summit Area Public Foundation.
To register your organization to march in the 2018 parade, contact Andy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the parade and ceremony is available at summitcommunityprograms.com.