Township of Nutley's Memorial Day Parade

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Mayor Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli and the Board of Commissioners announced plans for the Township’s 100th Anniversary Memorial Day Parade.

The Board of Commissioners will be inviting family members of soldiers, both past and present, to march in the parade, and is collecting names of those in our community who are currently serving.  These names will be added to an already existing banner which will proudly be carried throughout the parade, and then displayed on the Nutley Park Oval fence outside of the Town Hall.  Special thanks to the Patriots Club for placing American Flags on the veteran’s gravestones at the cemeteries in town and to Nutley High School’s students and faculty for their Wall of Honor which salutes our fallen heroes.

Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, MAY 23 | “NUTLEY 1918”

7:00 PM | NUTLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Showing of the 1918 Nutley Memorial Day Parade.  “Nutley 1918” is the earliest known motion picture shot in Nutley.  The film’s director and producer is one of America’s first female filmmakers, Katherine Russell Bleecker.  Nutley Historian John Demmer will provided insight into the making of the film and Nutley author Anthony Buccino will provide background on WWI, which ended in November of 1918.

MONDAY, MAY 27 | WAR MEMORIALS REMEMBERANCE

7:30 AM | VFW POST 493  & TO ALL WAR MEMORIAL SITES

Wreath laying and calling of all names at each of the township’s war memorials.

Time Location
7:00 AM Assemble at VFW Post 493
Coffee & Light Breakfast / Bus Pickup
7:30 AM Township transportation arrives
8:00 AM Services at the Methodist Cemetery *Park Ave.)
8:15 AM American Legion Services at the WWI Boulder
8:25 AM Franklin Reformed Church
8:50 AM Services at the All Wars Memorial (Memorial Park)
9:10 AM Catholic War Services at the Korean Conflict Boulder (Township Hall)
9:20 AM Veteran Council Services at Vietnam Memorial (Township Hall)
9:40 AM Peace Time Memorial Dedication (Vincent Place)
9:45 AM Amvets Services at WWII Memorial (Vincent Place)
10:10 AM Wall of Honor (Nutley High School)
10:20 AM Daughters of the American Revolution Services at Civil War Boulder (Nutley High School)
10:30 AM D A R Services at the Civil War Memorial (Nutley High School)
10:40 AM Report to Park Oval for Community Memorial Services

MONDAY, MAY 27 | A WALK IN THE PARK

9:00 AM | MEMORIAL PARK “THE MUD HOLE” (PASSAIC & VREELAND AVENUE)

Led by Nutley Museum Director John Simko, visit the sites of three former mills, tour the pre-Revolutionary War Van Giesen homestead, find out why the Third River splits in two, learn about the beginnings of our hundred-year-old Carnegie Library and even older Town Hall, and walk through one of Nutley’s oldest cemeteries.  Tour will end at the Nutley Museum.

Tour limited to 30 participants.  Register by emailing johnsimko1014@gmail.com or 973-752-8984.

MONDAY, MAY 27 | FIREMEN’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

10:30 AM | PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING

The Township will gather to honor Nutley’s fallen firefighters at the Firemen’s Memorial. 

MONDAY, MAY 27 | MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

11:00 AM | NUTLEY PARK OVAL

Watch along the parade route (Chestnut Street to Passaic Avenue to Centre Street to Franklin Avenue and join the Nutley Board of Commissioners for the 100th Memorial Day Parade!  Rev. Jill Fenske will offer the prayer at the opening ceremonies and this year’s Grand Marshall is Edward Joseph Bennett.