Memorial Day has always been a very special day in Maplewood, and 2012 will be no different.
Organizers are currently firming up plans for this year's Memorial Day parade. If you are part of an organization that have not yet signed up or confirmed, please contact Art Gartenlaub by calling (973) 762-6336, email at email@example.com or post on Maplewood Online under Maplewood Specific >Organizing a Memorial Day Parade.
Marchers should assemble between 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. at the Columbia High School student parking lot (across from Gleason's) on West Parker Ave. The parade kicks off at 8:45 a.m. The route goes north on West Parker, then left onto Maplewood Ave through town, left on Baker Street past Maplewood Middle School and then left on Valley, ending at Town Hall.
A ceremony honoring veterans who have died in service to their country will immediately follow the parade, at approximately 9:15 a.m., on the steps of Town Hall. The ceremony concludes with a roll call of VFW members who died in the past year and the placing of the wreath.
(The at the Oakview Bridge in Memorial Park after the ceremony at Town Hall concludes.)
A partial list of marchers includes: veterans representing the Maplewood Committee for Servicemen and Servicewomen, the 1966 Bat Mobile, Township Committee members, scout troupes, groups representing Tuscan School and Clinton School, Maplewood Karate, the Maplewood Community Band, the Columbia High School Marching Band, the Maplewood Memorial Library, the SOM Adult School, the Maplewood Arts Council, the SO/M Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Committee, South Mountain Peace Action, the Community Coalition on Race, the Maplewoodstock Committee, Maplewood Community Music, the Strollers, InterACT, the Rotary and Kiwanis, the First Aid Squad and the Fire Departments, and of course the Tin Man (4th of July Committee.)
This year, all residents and Memorial Day parade participants are invited to assemble on the steps of Town Hall on for a community photo to celebrate Maplewood's 90th birthday. The photo will be taken immediately after the ceremony, between 10:15am and 10:30am.
"We will stand on the steps in front of the building with a photographer in a aerial bucket truck taking the picture from above," said Mayor Vic DeLuca. "All are invited to be in the photo. The only requirement is a smile. We will display the photo in Town Hall and on the Township's website and may sell the photos at future events."
Join this exciting event and be a part of Maplewood history.