Druetzler will be Grand Marshal for Morris Plains Memorial Parade, May 25

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From the borough of Morris Plains:

On Saturday, May 25th, 2019, at 9:00 AM, the Borough of Morris Plains will hold its annual Memorial Day service at Robert’s Garden, at the corner of Glenbrook Road and Mountain Way.

The traditional service, conducted by members of the Morris Plains VFW Watnong Post 3401 and Denville American Legion Post 390, will be followed by comments from special guest speaker, Robert “Chip” Leiher from VFW Post #3401.

Then at 9:30 AM, the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Parade will start near the intersection of Glenbrook Road and Mountain Way.

The parade route travels south on Mountain Way, east on Rosedale Ave, then north along Speedwell Avenue, past the reviewing stand at the corner of Franklin Place, opposite the railroad station, and continues north up Littleton Road to Route 53 north where it ends at the VFW Watnong Post #3401.

This year the Grand Marshal is the Hon. Mayor Frank Druetzler, who has retired after serving as the Mayor of Morris Plains for 32 years.

Frank initiated this Parade 32 years ago and we have him to thank for that. The Parade, the largest in Morris County, consists of 88 units representing local and county organizations with 13 bands including the Orange High School Marching Tornadoes Band, the Wholly Brass Band, and the Passaic County Marching Band.

A highlight of the Parade will be an appearance by the Future Marines of RSS Northwest. We anticipate that a flyover with a KC-130T transport plane will happen on Parade day. Right now, the flyover is tentatively scheduled for 10:30 AM over the Parade reviewing stand located in front of Arthur’s Tavern, 700 Speedwell Ave., at the corner of Franklin Place.

The flyover cannot be confirmed until the day before the Parade. The Parade Committee is hopeful that it can be accomplished and a local Plainsman, Major Gary Windt, will be at the controls.

Also, once again, The Golden Gup and Lulu will appear and play patriotic tunes while Korean War Veteran Dudley Werner and Mickey and Minnie Mouse accompany them.


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