Saving the Memorial Day Parade

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After having recent productive discussions with our local veterans, I am very happy that we will be able to bring back the Bayonne Memorial Day Parade in 2022.  The outgoing Memorial Day Parade Committee, which was made up of the veterans, will be succeeded by a committee appointed by the City Administration.  This change is taking place, because the number of Bayonne veterans is declining as they advance in age.  My father is a proud veteran.  I would not have been able to look him and other veterans in the eye if we had not found a way to revive the parade. The veterans will still be available for Color Guard requests and patriotic ceremonies throughout the year, such as Veterans’ Day, Pearl Harbor Day, the Holocaust Memorial Program, Flag Day, and marching in the Memorial Day Parade.

I would like to thank the Memorial Day Parade Committee for its long history of service to our community and our country.  I am glad that the veterans will continue to participate in a variety of community events.  We look forward to continuing our work with them.  I am happy to announce that the chairman of the new Memorial Day Parade Committee will be Pete Amadeo, the Supervisor of the City of Bayonne’s Recreation Division.  Pete has organized hundreds of community events and activities.  Other members of the new committee will include representatives of several municipal departments. We will seek to name members of the Police and Fire Departments who have served in the military.

The new committee will be announced after the Recreation Division completes its numerous summer activities under Mr. Amadeo’s leadership.  The incoming group will begin planning the 2022 parade in the autumn.

The outgoing Memorial Day Parade Committee announced already that the 2021 parade would not take place, because Covid-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions made it impossible to plan and organize bands, marching groups, public and private organizations, and anyone else who would have participated.  There will be a ceremony at the traditional start of the parade on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at 10 a.m., at Fifth and Dodge Streets by the World War I Monument.  The public is invited with the understanding that all Covid-19 protocols will be followed.  A listing of events leading up to Memorial Day has been posted on the City of Bayonne’s website calendar.

Please show your gratitude for those who gave their lives for our country by coming to the memorial ceremonies and future parades.