The Westfield Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 28th. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the World War I Monument Circle.
Those marching should be in the Lord & Taylor West parking lot by 8 a.m.
The Parade Committee announced this year’s tribute will have opening remarks by Peter Hogaboom, Master of Ceremonies. Bob D’Arecca, Chaplain and Membership Chairperson for thewill offer the opening prayer and Benediction. Westfield Mayor Andrew Skibitsky will take the opportunity to express his thoughts on the importance of Memorial Day. The ceremonies will include Kerry Stubbs singing his a cappella rendition of “God Bless America.” “The Star Spangled Banner” will be played by the Westfield High School marching band directed by Chris Vitali. The crowd will be treated to a special Echo Taps ensemble directed by Dr. Theodore K. Schlosberg from the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts. Playing the “echo” portion will be Clayton Beyert, Dale Beyert and Leslie Bartsh.
Wreaths will be sponsored and placed at the monument by the Westfield American Legion, Mountainside VFW, Westfield Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Boy Scout Troop 73 from Holy Trinity Church will also offer a wreath.
After Taps, Jack Panosh, the Westfield Bell Master and Curator of the Town Clock both located in the Tower of the , will ring the bell in memory of all veterans killed or wounded in action during any wars preserving our freedom and independence.
After opening ceremonies the parade, directed by Rob Whitehead, will head up East Broad Street to the Fairview Cemetery where closing ceremonies will be held by the Mountainside VFW. The Westfield High School Band and the Echo Tapps ensemble will participate in the closing ceremony.
The parade will be led by this year’s Grand Marshal Bill Kessinger, veterans organizations, police escorts, the mayor and town council as well as members of the Board of Education. The Fire Department, Department of Public Works and Rescue Squad will all be present, as well as various civic and youth organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cubs and Brownies. The Lions Club will be represented. The town bell will “ring” its way through the parade with the Bell Master, Jack Panosh.
The Grand Marshal will be driven in a vintage 1941 Cadillac Convertible owned and driven by Arnie J. Civins. Arnie tells us 400 of these automobiles were manufactured and only 24 are still in existence.
This year we especially welcome a contingent of National Guard personnel from the Westfield Armory representing the HHT-1-102 Calvary Regiment.
The organization is delighted to welcome to the parade Sherryl Pascal, winner of Ms. North America Globe 2011. Ms. Pascal resides in Westfield with her three children. Two of her children attend Marine Military Academy and will be marching in their dress blues along side of Sherryl’s convertible.
The Westfield High School marching band and the Westfield Community Band will offer their musical talents. This year we will have the Rotary Club sponsor a seven-piece band playing World War II era music. The band is part of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts “Jazz and Rock Band” and will be led by Dr. Schlosberg.
This year members of the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will be walking throughout the parade route offering American Flags for a donation to offset the parade costs.
The Daughters of the American Revolution and The Sons of the American Revolution will have their annual memorial service at the Revolutionary War Cemetery.
Closing ceremonies will be held at Fairview Cemetery by Westfield and Mountainside Veterans of Foreign Wars. Soft drinks will be available at the conclusion of the parade for the participants.
The parade committee would like to thank the management of the Westfield’s Lord & Taylor for the use of their parking lot and wishes to acknowledge their community spirit by opening their store one hour later than all other stores on Memorial Day.
In the event of poor or questionable weather on the parade day please call 908-233-2767 for a recorded announcement. Any other questions can be directed to this same number.