Event cancelled: Calling vets, cadets, classic cars and community for Newark’s Veteran’s Day Parade
Published October 28, 2017 | Andaiye Taylor
Update 11/8/2017:This event has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.
On Veteran’s Day this coming Saturday, November 11th, a first-of-its-kind parade will unfold in Newark, and the city’s Southward Business Improvement District (Southward BCID) and parade organizers are reaching out to community members to participate.
Veterans Day has been a federal U.S. holiday in its current name and form since 1954, though the holiday has its origins in Armistice Day, which Americans celebrated beginning in 1938.
Newark’s Veteran’s Day Parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. on November 11th in front of the City National Bank Branch Office (57 Lyons Avenue) and will continue on Lyons Avenue to the Bo Porter Sports Complex (Lyons Avenue and Leslie Street), also known to many any the neighborhood as “Green Acres.”
South Ward BCID’s executive director, Ronice Bruce, said organizers are looking for veterans, community groups, and school and youth groups to participate, including high school and college ROTC cadets, high school bands and dance teams, motorcycle clubs, bicycle groups, athletes, church choirs, praise dancers and other organizations.
Owners of classic cars are also sought to drive older and disabled veterans along the parade route.
“Those who served the United States in our military deserve not only a parade but continued support for their sacrifices,” said John Sharpe James, who represents the South Ward on the city’s municipal council. “All gave some, but some gave all. I am proud to have served.”
James is himself a 23-year U.S. armed services veteran. He received the Meritorious Service Medal, a Purple Heart and other commendations for his deployment in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008.
According to the American Community Survey, there were 6,080 armed services veterans living in Newark in 2015.
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