Remembering The Past: Memorial Day Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

NEW BRUNSWICK-On May 30, 1950 more then 2,000 members of 2 dozen organizations marched through New Brunswick in the Memorial Day parade under the Veterans Alliance.

The parade began on Roosevelt Junior High on Livingston Avenue. Many groups from New Brunswick and Highland Park participated.


Louis Greenwald, vice commander of the Veterans Alliance, was the parade chairman. Committeemen were Herbert Tanzman, Lance Gubbs Sr., Charles Somenek, Thomas Cushing and Henry Austin.

Fred Hornbeck of Sayreville was grand marshal, Lance Gibbs Sr. was first assistant marshal and Robert Hozel, second assistant marshal.

WOODBRIDGE-This is from former area resident, Harold Miller: “At the corner of Third Street in Fords, there was a large monument to the Veterans of World War I. There was a large army tank parked there at one time.”

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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