Mark your calendars for a significant event in Bayonne as the city gears up to host its highly anticipated Memorial Day Parade on May 29. With great pride and reverence, the community will come together to pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces.
As a time-honored tradition, the Memorial Day Parade holds deep meaning for Bayonne residents, serving as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fought to safeguard our freedom. This year’s parade promises to be a memorable and heartfelt occasion, uniting the community in remembrance and gratitude.
Scheduled for May 29th, the parade will feature a vibrant display of patriotism and reverence. Local organizations, veterans, military personnel, marching bands, and community groups will proudly take part, creating a captivating spectacle for attendees of all ages. The streets of Bayonne will be adorned with American flags and decorations, symbolizing unity and respect for those who served.
There will be a ceremony at the traditional start of the parade at 10:00 a.m., at Fifth Street by the World War I Monument. Immediately after the ceremony, the march will begin at 5th Street and will proceed up Broadway. It will pass the reviewing stand in front of American Legion Post 19 and will end at 32nd Street and Broadway.
The Memorial Day Parade holds particular significance as it allows the community to come together, showing support for the families of fallen heroes and expressing gratitude for their sacrifices. It serves as a poignant reminder of the valor and selflessness displayed by our armed forces throughout history.
Barry Jones is the parade chairman. The grand marshal of the parade will be Carlton Rhodes. In 1990, he served as President of Chapter 151 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He has held the position of State Secretary-Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans of America New Jersey State Council for 28 years. Mr. Rhodes served as Commander of VFW Post 7470 from 1983 to 1984, and Quartermaster of VFW Post 7470 from 1984 to 1989. He is the current Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post 7470. His volunteer experience has included volunteering at the VA Lyons Hospital, the Chapel of Four Chaplains in Philadelphia, the Memorial Day Committee of Bayonne, and Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Mr. Rhodes is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Catholic War Veterans, the VFW, and the American Legion. Mr. Rhodes trained as an aircraft mechanic and an electrician. He was employed as a Maintenance Supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service.
Mayor Jimmy Davis stated, “From the American Revolution to the present, more than 42 million Americans have served in our military during war. Of them, more than one million died in the service, whether in battle or elsewhere during wartime.” Mayor Davis concluded, “Veterans often remind us that ‘freedom is not free.’ That means that America’s fighting men and women have purchased our freedom with their sacrifices since 1775. We owe our freedom and our way of life to them. Please show your gratitude for those who gave their lives for our country by coming to the memorial ceremonies and to the parade.”
Bayonne residents and visitors alike are encouraged to attend the parade and actively participate in honoring the fallen heroes. The event offers an opportunity to reflect on the courage and dedication exhibited by servicemen and servicewomen, as well as to express appreciation for their unwavering commitment.
The city of Bayonne is committed to ensuring the parade’s success, working diligently to organize a meaningful and inclusive event for all attendees. Local authorities have taken necessary measures to prioritize safety and security, allowing participants and spectators to enjoy the festivities in a secure and welcoming environment.
As Memorial Day approaches, Bayonne residents eagerly anticipate the parade as a time to come together, pay tribute, and honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is a cherished tradition that instills a sense of pride, patriotism, and unity within the community.
Save the date and join the Bayonne community on May 29, 2023, as they gather along the parade route to remember and honor the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. Let us unite in gratitude and show our unwavering support for those who have protected and defended our freedom.