We owe so much to our veterans. It is through their personal sacrifices and that of their families that we enjoy freedoms other countries lack. On Monday, May 29th, we honor the brave military men and women whom we have lost over the past year. Show your appreciation for what they have done for you by attending the Westfield Memorial Day Parade 2017.
What: Westfield Memorial Day Parade 2017
Where: WWI Veterans Memorial (North Ave & E Broad St Plaza)
When: Monday, May 29th, 9am
Contact: Stan Cuba (908) 233-2767 or via email
Westfield Memorial Day Parade 2017
The Westfield Memorial Day Parade 2017 begins with a service at the WWI Veterans Memorial on North Avenue and East Broad Street Plaza at 9am. Any organization participating in the parade itself meets at the parking lot of Lord & Taylor West no later than 8am. At the opening ceremony, the names of past veterans we lost over the last year will be read aloud. Then, the parade begins its journey to the Fairview Cemetery. The Veterans of Foreign Wars officiates the closing ceremonies there.
This year’s Grand marshal of the Westfield Memorial Day Parade 2017 is Peter Braun, a veteran of the Vietnam War. His family moved to Westfield in 1948. Mr. Braun attended West Point after graduating from our very own Westfield High School. He even played on the West Point’s football team. Their Army team beat the Navy team lead by the one and only Roger Staubach in the 1964 Army Navy game. After his service was up in 1970, Captain Braun went on to a career in institutional equities.
How Can You Be a Part of the Westfield Memorial Day Parade 2017?
The parade committee encourages all Westfield organizations and individuals to participate. Whether it is marching in the parade itself, sponsoring one of the wreaths to be laid at the WWI memorial or simply making a monetary donation to help offset costs, all contributions are welcome. If you have a friend or family member who served in the military and passed away since last Memorial Day, please contact Stan Cuba. He will add their name to the roster of those to be honored. All you need to do is give Stan the veteran’s name, branch of service and conflict(s) they served in (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm or any of the actions in the Far East).