RAHWAY – This weekend, members of veterans’ organizations in Rahway will begin decorating the graves of veterans at city cemeteries in preparation for Memorial Day. The city’s annual parade will take place on Sunday, May 27.
American Legion Post 5 will decorate veterans’ graves at Hazelwood cemetery with American flags on Saturday morning. Catholic War Veterans Post 361 will decorate graves at St. Mary’s cemetery. Next Saturday, May 19, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 681 and Rahway Girl Scouts will decorate graves at Rahway cemetery.
The city’s Memorial Day parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. on May 27. Participating groups should line up at Main Street in front of Rahway City Hall at 1 p.m. The parade will proceed west on Milton Avenue, north on Pierpont Street, east on Elm Avenue, north on Irving Street, and south on Main Street where it will pass the reviewing stand at City Hall and disperse.
Raymond Lieblein, a World War II Air Corps veteran and member of American Legion Post 5, is the grand marshal.
Mayor Rick Proctor and member of the City Council are scheduled to march in the parade, along with veterans from American Legion Post 5 and Post 499, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 681, Catholic War Veterans Post 361 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 779. Firefighters from Rahway, Clark, Colonia and Merck, and Rahway police officers are also expected to march.
The Rahway High School Marine Junior ROTC, the Rahway High School Marching Band, the Rahway Middle School Band, the Rahway Elementary School Band, the South Shore Band, the Central Jersey Police and Fire Pfife and Drum Corps, Rahway Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other civic organization will also take part in the parade.
If your group is interested in marching in the parade, contact the Rahway Veterans Central Committee at 1-732-381-8028.