UNION, NJ –Rain and clouds didn’t keep folks from the Veteran’s Alliance Memorial Day Parade along Stuyvesant Avenue on Monday. With umbrellas and raincoats or protected under storefront roofs, spectators watched as veteran’s groups, school organizations, scouts and sports groups marched to celebrate Veteran’s Day.
World War II veteran Mike Yesenko served as this year's Grand Marshal.
“Today we honor the individuals who gave the ultimate sacrifice, who are the ultimate patriots,” said Union County Freeholder Mohamed Jalloh. “And so I ask you today to not just honor them with barbeques and beer or flowers and speeches, but to honor them by truly living up to the ideals that they died for, the ideals that have set us apart from the rest of the world.”
“The cost of freedom is something most of us don’t know first-hand,” said Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas. “but it’s something we’ve been paying the price for since the 1700’s when we fought for independence against Great Britain. Today, we thank every man and woman who refused to relent and made the ultimate sacrifice.”
"We came to watch the parade because our son is marching with the Kawameeh Middle School Marching Band," said Dionne Duncan. "We are proud of him and proud to be here today."
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.