UNION, NJ – “Honor the dead by helping the living.”

This is the motto of the National Veterans of Foreign Wars and the words that represent the spirit of the Township of Union’s 2016 Memorial Day Parade, to be held Monday, May 30.  Sponsored by the Township of Union Veteran’s Alliance, the parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Stuyvesant Avenue and High Street and continues down Stuyvesant to Memorial Park.  The grandstand program at Memorial Park begins as 12:00 p.m.

Parade Fundraising Chairwoman Phyllis Monguso said, “we encourage everyone to come out to show their support for past, current and future veterans.  They provide our freedom.  That’s why I’m so involved with this parade.”

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On being named this year’s Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal, Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan, said, “I'm honored and humbled not only at my selection, but proud to be a part of a parade that recognizes the ultimate service people have given to our country.  Union has many heroes who have served this great nation and our community, and it is with them in mind that we will march in the parade.”

Bob Johnsen, Chairman of the Township of Union Veteran’s Alliance Memorial Day Parade Committee, added, “the parade committee works hard to put on a parade that helps us remember those that have given their lives in defense of their country.”

The parade will include floats, Clydesdale horses, military units and military vehicles, the Denville String Band, Civil War re-enactors and many civic and youth organizations.   

A Memorial Day encampment will be set up on Sunday, May 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Freiberger Park (behind Town Hall).  For more information, contact Natalie Pineiro at 908-851-5096.