For the 101st year in a row, the City of Bayonne honored America’s veterans with their annual Memorial Day Parade along Broadway.
The parade commenced at 5th Street and Broadway and proceeded all the way to 32nd Street and Broadway.
Bayonne residents lined both sides of Broadway to show their support for all the organizations and individuals that participated in today’s march which included veterans, the Bayonne High School Band, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Bayonne Police and Fire Departments and Bayonne High School’s ROTC trainees – among many others.
This year’s Grand Marshall was Edith Ferrell of the VFW Post #7470 in Bayonne. From the start of the annual parade to its end, we filmed both participants and observers, and had a chance to interview Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis.
“Just like the great city of Bayonne has done for the last 101 years, we’re here today to honor our veterans, both those who came home and those who lost their lives in battle,” Davis said
“As mayor, and the city council, we are proud to have worked with the Bayonne Memorial Day Parade Committee to again honor our veterans with a spectacular and magnificent parade. God bless our veterans and America,” said Davis as he walked with members of the Council, as well as Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31).
We also had a chance to speak with Bayonne resident and Korean War veteran Nick Cutler who fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1951, serving in the Marine Corps for three years.
He said he was lucky to survive the conflict because he faced Chinese troops who crossed the North Korean border to come to the aid of Communist North Korean troops, who pushed back U.S. and United Nations forces deep into South Korean territory.
He was hoping to see an old friend he served with in the Korean War, Louis Giovanni, but just after we interviewed him, a speaker near the stage where Bayonne’s elected officials were standing to view all the participating organizations announced that Giovanni, sadly, is currently under the care of home hospice.
We live streamed the entire parade to our Facebook Page, which can be viewed below.