SUMMIT, NJ - Honoring the women and men -- from the American Revolution to present-day conflicts -- who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation by laying down their lives in military service to the country, the City of Summit will host its annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremony in on Monday, May 27, beginning at 10 a.m.

The parade, which will assemble and begin at 25 Deforest Avenue and proceed to the Summit's Village Green, will be led by members of the Summit American Legion Post #322. The procession will include the 'Pride of Summit' - the Summit High School Marching Band, along with members of the Summit Police Department, Summit Fire Department, Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, and Scout troops.

Veterans who are unable to march may request a ride in the parade and are asked to meet members of the American Legion at the start of the parade at 25 Deforest Avenue for assistance. Summit civic and school groups are encouraged to participate and march along with veterans.

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Spectators are encouraged to gather along the parade route, which includes Deforest Avenue, Beechwood Road, Springfield Avenue and along Maple Street leading up to the Village Green.

The Village Green ceremony 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 the town's 'Hometown Heroes' program will be acknowledged during the ceremony as well. All veterans who attend the ceremony will receive a 2019 commemorative coin in recognition of, and appreciation for, their service.

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

To register an organization to march in the 2019 parade, contact Andy Smith at asmith@sslegalservices.com.