Township of Nutley Mayor Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli and the Board of Commissioners are preparing for the Township’s 102nd Annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade will take place on Monday, May 29, 2023 with opening ceremonies and welcome beginning at 11:00am at the Park Oval.
“The Memorial Day Parade serves as a tribute to honor all of our U.S. Service Members who selflessly and valiantly gave their lives to protect our freedom and liberty,” said Mayor Scarpelli.
The parade route is the same as previous years – Chestnut Street to Passaic Avenue to Centre Street to Franklin Avenue, with the reviewing stage in front of John H. Walker Middle School. Rev. Pamela Bakal will offer the prayer at the opening ceremonies and this year’s Grand Marshal is Daniel Jacoby.
The Board of Commissioners will be inviting family members of soldiers - both active military and veterans - 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.
“Memorial Day is a day we put aside to honor our fallen heroes and pray that no heroes will ever again have to make the ultimate sacrifice protecting our nation,” added Mayor Scarpelli.
Weather permitting, the day’s events will kick off with the Nutley War Memorial Remembrance Ceremony starting at 7:30am at VFW Post 493, located at 271 Washington Avenue. Following the Remembrance Ceremony, the Township will gather to honor Nutley’s fallen firefighters at the Public Safety Building at 10:30am.
On Sunday, May 28, the 102nd Memorial Day Weekend activities will begin with the Nutley Historical Society sponsoring “A Walk in the Park,” a tour led by Nutley Museum director John Simko. The tour begins at 9:00am in Memorial Park at the Mud Hole (near the intersection of Passaic and Vreeland Avenues) and travels along the Third River. Mr. Simko will discuss the river’s role in Nutley’s history as a source for early industry, as inspiration for world-renowned artists, as a symbol of civic pride, as an important boundary marker, and as a fitting memorial to our war veterans.
The tour will also visit the sites of three former mills and the pre-Revolutionary War Van Giesen homestead, while also detailing why the Third River is split in two, the beginnings of our hundred-year-old Carnegie Library and even older Town Hall, and walking through one of Nutley’s oldest cemeteries. “A Walk in the Park” ends at 10:30am inside Nutley’s first brick schoolhouse (now the Nutley Historical Society and Museum, located at 65 Church St.). The museum will be open to the public, and tour-related items from our archives will be on display. Please join us at the Nutley Museum at 10:30am Sunday morning, even if you are not part of the tour.
“A Walk in the Park” is free but is limited to 15 people and requires registration. You can register for the tour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 973-752-8984 and leaving a message with your phone number or email address. You will receive confirmation via email or a phone call. The rain date is Monday, May 29 at 9:00am.