Memorial Day Parade

The annual Westfield Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2019.  Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. at the World War I Monument Circle.

Participating organizations marching in the parade are requested to be at the Lord & Taylor West parking lot by 8 a.m. where line of march positions will be assigned.

Opening ceremonies will have remarks by Allan Betau, past commander of the Westfield American Legion Martin Wallberg Post #3. Allan will reflect on this year’s 100th-year anniversary of the Martin Wallberg Post #3 which was organized in May 1919 in support of the nearly 500 Westfield residents who enlisted in WW1. The post continues to be active in thecommunity supporting veteran causes. Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle will express her thoughts on the importance of Memorial Day.

Bob D’Arecca, Chaplain for Post #3, will offer the opening prayer and benediction.

Kerry Stubs will sing an a cappella rendition of “God Bless America”. Bob Wade, will play bag pipes during the ceremony.

The Westfield High School Chorale Group conducted by John Brzozowski, will sing the “Star Spangled Banner”. The Westfield High School Marching Band, led by Chris Vitali, will play music along the parade route. The Westfield Community Band will offer various patriotic tunes throughout the parade route.

Dr. Ted Schlosberg from the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, as a special tribute to our fallen veterans, will direct the “Echo Taps Ensemble” with trumpeters Glen Parisi, Dan Sugarman, Duncan Cook and Stas Staszakharenko. Dr Schlosberg has played taps for 59 years for various veteran ceremonies throughout the state.

Wreaths will be sponsored by the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion.  Mr. Larry Sheldon, a Westfield resident, is sponsoring a wreath from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary which will be presented by members of the Girl Scouts. The Westfield PAL and the Westfield Boosters will be presenting wreaths honoring our veterans. Ted Schlosberg will present a wreath on behalf of  the Schlosberg family,in memory of his Uncle George Cohen, tank Commander in WW2 , as well as Ted’s brothers’ ,Lenny and Norman who served in the United States Airforce. As in the past, the New Jersey Calvary and Armor Association, on behalf of the 1-102nd Calvary National Guard in Westfield, currently deployed in Jordan, will present a wreath.

During the ceremonies there will be a series of bell tolls echoing from the bell tower of the First United Methodist Church. Jack Panosh, Westfield Bell Master and town clock curator, will coordinate the ringing.

The gun volleys at the opening ceremony will be performed by members of “The Fighting 69th Regiment New York State Volunteers.” The 69th was the first regiment of the famed Irish Brigade of the Union Army during the Civil War. Today, members use authentic uniforms and equipment to accurately portray the soldiers as they were in 1862.

This year’s Grand Marshal has been awarded posthumously to Derrick Nelson, Westfield High School Principal who tragically passed away. A  contingent of Veterans will lead the parade. The Mayor, Town Council and members of the Board of Education will follow.

Participating in this years’ parade will be various civic groups including the Westfield Community Center. located at 558 West Broad Street. The “Center” provides activities for various age groups including senior citizens.  The Fire Department, Police Department, Department of Public Works, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy and Cub Scouts and members of the PAL will also be part of our tribute to Veterans. Antique and classic cars will join the parade

After the opening ceremonies, the parade line of march will be directed by Barbara Verdic.  Parade line of march will be North on East Broad and ends at Fairview Cemetery where a final ceremony by the American Legion at the Civil War section will take place.

Music during the parade will be the Westfield High School Band The “Blue Devils” have won numerous regional, state and national competitions. The Westfield Community Band will keep the marchers “in step” with a variety of patriotic music.  This band, established in 1912, is among the longest standing community bands in the country.

All participants marching in the parade should be in the Lord & Taylor West parking lot between 8 and 8:20 a.m. where a position in the line of will be designated. NOTE, please drop off all participant in the parking lot across from Lord & Taylor. Police will be there to safely cross you to the main lot.

The parade committee thanks the management of Lord & Taylor in Westfield for allowing us to use their parking lot to assemble the parade marchers.

After the parade there will be a BBQ at The American Legion Post on the corner of Crossway and North Avenue. All are welcome.

In the event of poor or questionable weather on the day of the parade please call 908-233-2767 for an outgoing message and instruction.

Mon, May 27
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The annual Westfield Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2019. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. at the World War I Monument Circle.

Participating organizations marching in the parade are requested to be at the Lord & Taylor West parking lot by 8 a.m. where line of march positions will be assigned.

Opening ceremonies will have remarks by Allan Betau, past ...

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