Sure, we like to gripe about Hoboken traffic woes here at hMAG, but this Wednesday we’re happy to yield Washington Street for the sake of honoring the men and women who have paid the ultimate price in serving to defend our nation.
Hoboken’s 118th Annual Memorial Day Parade will take place this Wednesday, May 25, assembling at 6:00pm near City Hall (1st Street and Washington Street) and proceeding north on Washington Street at 6:30 to the reviewing stand on 10th Street and Washington Street in front of the Hoboken Elks Lodge.
Washington Street will be closed to traffic south of 11th Street from 6-7 p.m. and NJ Transit buses will operate on a detour along Bloomfield Street and Hudson Street.
The Hoboken Memorial Day Parade is the oldest continuous parade in the State of New Jersey.
This year’s Grand Marshal is Francis Pryzgoda, a veteran of the Korean War.
Again, the Hoboken Memorial Day Parade is this Wednesday night. The parade will likely result in an hour-long inconvenience to traffic flow in Hoboken. So when it gets in the way of your GTL before you head DTS for the long weekend, please consider the following:
- Hoboken lost 71 sons in World War I.
- The Second World War saw a staggering 263 of our citizens killed in action.
- In the Korean War, we lost another three.
- Nine Hoboken men died in Vietnam.
“For a square mile,” said Jack O’Brien, in a 2011 interview with hMAG, “that’s a hell of a sacrifice.”
CLICK HERE for more information on Memorial Day / Fleet Week events in our area.
“Heaven, Hell or Hoboken…”
-General John “Blackjack” Pershing
Commander, American Expeditionary Forces
World War I