UNION, NJ –The Veteran’s Alliance Memorial Day Parade stepped off along Stuyvesant Avenue Monday morning under a cloudy, but dry sky. Spectators watched as veteran’s groups, school organizations, bands, scouts and sports groups marched to celebrate Veteran’s Day.
Leo Graf, Vietnam veteran and member and Past Commander of the VFW Michael A. Kelly Post 2433, served as this year's Grand Marshal.
“Leo gives a lot of his time and energy serving our veterans,” said parade Bob Johnsen. “We could not have picked a better grand marshal.”
“Memorial Day is for remembering our fallen comrades,” said Graf. “It is our duty to make sure they never, never are forgotten. They made the ultimate sacrifice so we can have our freedom.”
“Today, we honor our veterans,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy who marched in the parade, “particularly those who have been lost in war and in peace. We wouldn’t enjoy the liberties and freedoms we do in our country without the service of our veterans.”
“I ask that you consider what the landscape of our country, moreover our world, would look like if not for these valiant and patriotic men and women,” said Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas, “and what would happen to our cherished American dream. To the veterans, we thank you for your service.”
After the parade, a reenactment from members of the 1NJV 1st Battalion of New Jersey Volunteers took place with British and loyalist troops battling in the street near the historic Connecticut Farms Church.