CLARK—The township will be hosting their seventh annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 26. The parade kick-off time will be promptly at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by the traditional Memorial Day Services in front of Arthur L. Johnson High School on Westfield Avenue in Clark.
There is much prior precedent in Clark’s history to honor its war dead with a parade. During World War II the residents celebrated “I Am American Day” originating in 1942 and continuing through the 1950s. At the conclusion of those parades, all the participants and observers circled the large wooden board listing the names of those Clark residents who went off to war, called the “Honor Roll.” In 1947 the “Honor Roll” was replaced with our present war memorial monument located in front of Clark’s high school, Arthur L. Johnson High.
The line of march will begin on Westfield Avenue near the American Legion Post and proceed to the high school. Parking will be limited and all attending are encouraged to park at town hall and in the back section of the high school parking lot.
There will be a variety of impressive units in the parade including: the mayor and council, American Legion and VFW posts of Clark, Clark police, Union County police and other emergency services vehicles, adult and youth organizations including scouts and sports, floats, the Golden Knights/Blessed Sacrament Drum & Bugle Corps, The Legionnaires Senior Marching Band and more.
With our troops presently protecting liberty on foreign soil, the parade committee encourages everyone to come out and line the sidewalks of Westfield Avenue to support our town and recognize those lives that were sacrificed to ensure our freedom.
Note: Westfield Avenue from Town Hall to Liberty Street will be closed to traffic from 9:20 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Emergency “No Parking” will also be in effect from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. No parking restrictions will also apply to John Street and Nassau Street between Westfield Avenue and Broadway.
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