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March in May: Summit Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony Set for May 29

A big highlight of the parade is the performance by the Summit High School Marching Band. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - As is tradition, the City of Summit will again commemorate Memorial Day with a parade and ceremony, with both activities honoring the women and men who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Saluting those who lost their lives in military service, the parade will begin May 29 at 10 a.m. at 25 DeForest Avenue and conclude at The Village Green.

Summit civic and school groups are encouraged to participate and march in the parade, which will be led by the Summit American Legion Post #322. The 'Pride of Summit' -- the Summit High School Marching Band, the Summit Fire and Police Departments, Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, and Scout Troops will also march in the parade.

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Spectators are encouraged to gather along the parade route -- on DeForest Avenue, Beechwood Road, Springfield Avenue and along Maple Street to the Village Green -- and marchers will be distributing American Flags as the parade moves along.

Veterans who wish to march but are unable to may request a ride in the parade by meeting members of the American Legion at the parade staging / start area.

The ceremony on the Village Green will feature music from the Hilltopper Marching Band, a rifle salute and wreath-laying, and a special performance of “taps.”

The presentation of a 'Summit Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award' will be followed by readings from local students. Veterans who attend the ceremony will receive a 2017 commemorative coin in recognition of, and appreciation for, their service.

Complimentary hot dogs and cold drinks will be served on The Village Green courtesy of the Summit Elks Lodge.

To register an organization to march, contact Andy Smith at asmith@sslegalservices.com.

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