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Edison’s Grand Memorial Day Parade May 25

The Alternative Press Staff

Saturday, May 10, 2014 • 6:05pm

EDISON, NJ – Edison will host one of the area’s grandest Memorial Day parades on Sunday, May 25, featuring Miss New Jersey USA and Miss Stars & Stripes, five bands, ten local veterans groups and a “Most Patriotic Bicycle” contest for children.

“I am very proud so many groups, organizations, businesses and people were eager to participate in our Memorial Day Parade to honor veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I hope the entire Edison community can turn out to watch and honor our veterans,” said Mayor Thomas Lankey.

Edison native Emily Shah, Miss New Jersey USA, will appear in the parade along side fellow Edison native Amy Kao, who was recently crowned Miss Stars & Stripes for 2014.

Marching in the Memorial Day Parade will be members of American Legion Father & Son Post 435, American Legion Post 324 and its Honor Guard, American Legion Clara Barton Squadron Post 324, American Legion Auxiliary Clara Barton Post 324, VFW Post 3117, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 52, the Military Order of the Cootie, and the NJ Veterans Home of Menlo Park.

Also marching will be Edison Township and Middlesex County officials, members of the Edison Police and Fire Departments, the Police Honor Guard; floats featuring the township Animal Shelter and Recreation Department; the Edison Public Library Bookmobile; and convoys of military vehicles, police and fire vehicles and vehicles from Raritan Valley First Aid; and cars from the Garden State CrewZers Club.

The parade will feature marching bands from Edison High and J.P. Stevens High Schools, the Rampant Lion Pipe Band of New Jersey, the St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band of Kearny, and the Shore Brass Band.

Participating will be Edison Boy Scouts Troop 12, Boy Scouts Troop 66, Cub Scout Pack 12, Edison Angels and Edison Boys Baseball, the Edison-Metuchen-Highland Park Girl Scouts, the Girl Scouts of Greater Woodbridge & Carteret; representatives from Lupus Awareness, Edison Metro Lions Club, the Edison Visionary Lions & Leo Club; the Italian American Club of Edison, the Life Line Steppers, the A-Plus Sewing School, Rainforest Café and mascots from Rita’s Italian Ice and Chuck-E-Cheese.

For the first time, Edison will sponsor a “Most Patriotic Bicycle” contest for elementary school students. Judging will take place after the parade outside the American Legion Father & Son Post 435 on Oakland Avenue.

The Memorial Day Parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, May 25 at Division Street and ends at Jefferson Boulevard and Oakland Avenue.  

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