Marching on as the oldest continuous parade in the State of New Jersey, Hoboken’s 120th Annual Memorial Day Parade will take place this Wednesday, May 23, 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.
Typically, Washington Street closes to traffic south of 11th Street from 6-7 p.m. and NJ Transit buses operate on a detour along Bloomfield Street and Hudson Street.
Presented by Hoboken American Legion Post 107, the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade will be Michael DePalma, a decorated US Army Captain who served with the 3rd Infantry Division & the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He continues to serve the people of Hoboken today as a Detective in the Hoboken Police Department.
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 the late, great Jack O’Brien, in a 2011 interview with hMAG, “that’s a hell of a sacrifice.”
“Heaven, Hell or Hoboken…”
-General John “Blackjack” Pershing
Commander, American Expeditionary Forces
World War I