Avalon will honor its service men and women, past and present, with its annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to be held on Monday, May 28th, starting at 9:00am. The event is sponsored by American Legion Post #331 and the Borough of Avalon. The parade steps off at 9:00am at 32nd Street and Dune Drive and proceeds north to Avalon’s Veterans Plaza, 21st Street and Dune Drive, where the ceremony will begin at approximately 9:45am.
“Memorial Day holds a very special place in the hearts of Avalon residents and visitors, and we are honored to recognize these brave Americans on this solemn day”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi. “We invite everyone to take some time out of their holiday weekend to attend the parade and ceremony to honor those who sacrificed to protect our freedoms”.
The Parade Marshall will be Commodore Frank Cirii from the Avalon Yacht Club. American Legion Post #331 Commander James Fleischmann and its members, along with the Patriot’s Brass Ensemble, bagpiper Michael F. Bell, the Seven Mile Singers, Miss Avalon, Lauren Staub, along with many civic organizations in the Borough will participate in the parade.
The ceremony will include comments from Commander Fleishmann, Mayor Martin Pagliughi, and from guest speaker, Brigadier General Jeffrey L. Pierson (retired), who honorably served in the United States Army and the New Jersey Army National Guard for 42 years. Mr. Pierson now serves Cape May County as a member of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He holds numerous military and civilian decorations and awards.
Avalon Business Administrator Scott Wahl will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. American Legion Post #331 will conduct the flag raising and gun salute. Approximately 30 Borough officials and civic leaders will participate in a formal presentation of wreaths or living memorials in memory of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have given their lives for our country.
In the event of rain, the parade will be cancelled and the ceremony will be held inside Avalon Community Hall at 30th Street and the beach.