WEST CALDWELL, NJ — After two consecutive years of rainouts, the West Essex Memorial Day parade stepped off from Forest Avenue in Caldwell on Monday for a march of more than 1-mile down Bloomfield Avenue to Crane Park in West Caldwell in honor of all those who died in active military service.

This year’s grand marshal was 91-year-old World War II veteran John Fierro of West Caldwell.

The parade included the six communities of Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland and West Caldwell, which were each represented by local governing bodies, first aid squads, police departments, fire departments, scouting and sport organizations, three bands, Eyes of Hope-Seeing Eye Puppy project, senior citizen buses and more.

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The West Essex High School Marching Band performed the “Patriotic Parade Sequence” for the spectators who were lined up on both sides of Bloomfield Avenue.

This year’s Poppy Girl was Megan Pac, a fifth-grader from Caldwell’s Lincoln School. She is pictured above with James Caldwell Post American Legion Daniel Handy and Post Chaplain Garrett Jones. Jayden Perruso and Vita Scazafabo, Fairfield Recreation’s king and queen, were also in the parade.

The parade ended at Crane Park, where a Memorial Day service was held.

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