Basilone Parade Returns to Raritan Sept. 19

Sep 12, 2021 146

Raritan Borough will host the 40th Annual John Basilone Memorial Parade Sept. 19, beginning at 1 p.m. The parade honors national World War II hero Marine Sgt. John Basilone. Basilone received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942 and the Navy Cross posthumously for more heroism in the Battle of Iwo Jima, where he was killed in 1945.

The parade will march down Somerset Street in downtown Raritan, and will include military groups and veterans’ organizations, floats, boy scouts, girl scouts, ROTC units, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, military vehicles, marine detachments, fire companies, rescue squads and other civic and patriotic groups.

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