Hundreds of Bayonne residents, along with elected officials, lined the streets from 5th Street and Broadway all the way to 32nd Street and Broadway to watch the Peninsula City’s 100th Memorial Day Parade.
Along the route we spoke with Bayonne residents, asking them about the personal importance of the parade and Memorial Day.
Anthony, who didn’t want to give his last name, said it’s all about those veterans who sacrificed.
“Those people who don’t have the ability to be here to watch the parade, it’s all about them. They gave their lives, making the ultimate sacrifice. We appreciate it.”
“We just want to remember our veterans because they fought hard for our country,” added Richie Quinn.
And Marty, a U.S. Navy veteran, said that he appreciates that Bayonne organizes the parade annually to celebrate veterans.
While Memorial Day celebrates American soldiers lost in battle and war, we also asked whether President Donald Trump should meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to secure peace along the Korean Peninsula. Everybody we asked said yes, including veterans.
Two Korean War veterans of the Korean War Veterans Association of Hudson County, waving American flags from their vehicle along the parade route, said the president should talk directly with North Korea’s Mr. Kim.
“I think he should. We have to get it solved. You have to talk to them. We need to have diplomacy to make sure there is no nuclear confrontation,” one vet said anonymously.
We had an opportunity to catch up with Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis to first learn his thought’s about the city’s 100th Memorial Day Parade.
“This Memorial Day weekend is to remember all those who gave the supreme sacrifice. It’s important to remember the freedoms that we have, that freedom is the most expensive thing in the world today. So, please, remember our veterans,” said Davis.
As the parade continued along Broadway near the finishing line at 32nd Street and Broadway, we asked for the mayor’s reaction to Trump meeting, or not meeting, with Kim.
“Anytime our country can take another country and denuclearize it, I think anybody should come to the table and talk,” Davis said.
The entire hour-long parade was streamed live on our Facebook page and can be seen below: