CLARK — On Monday, May 27, the Township of Clark will host a patriotic Memorial Day parade to coincide with its annual Memorial Day services that honor “Clark’s Fallen Heroes.”
There is much prior precedent in Clark’s history to honor its war dead with a parade, according to Councilman Al Barr. 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 the township’s present war memorial monument located in front of Arthur L. Johnson High School.
The parade will step of at 9:30 a.m. from the corner of Westfield Avenue and Nassau Street and will continue to the Arthur L. Johnson High School where all participants will pass in review at the school entrance. There will be two bands, various Clark sport teams, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and many participants from various Clark organizations. The Clark Fire Department, Police Department, Clark OEM, the Clark Emergency Squad, visiting OEM and emergency squads, many various departments from the Union County Police and an assortment of antique vehicles will all be in the parade.
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