JACKSON – The 12th Annual Wounded Warrior Parade and Escort will take place on Oct. 12 in Jackson.
The parade is hosted by the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club, South Stump Tavern Road.
Mayor Mike Reina has hosted the annual event since taking office in 2008. Starting at about 9 a.m., veterans will assemble at the Jackson Justice Complex as they prepare for their ride to the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club.
The veterans will be escorted by the Jackson Police Department, Jackson’s volunteer fire companies, the Jackson First Aid squad, motorcycle groups and individuals who volunteer to show support for those who have served in the armed forces, according to a press release.
The parade is expected to leave the Jackson Justice Complex at about 9:30 am. Reina said he is looking forward to once again spending time alongside the men and women who have served the nation.
Residents and members of local clubs and organizations are invited to line up from the Jackson Justice Complex on West Veterans Highway to the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club as a show of support and to honor the veterans.
“The freedoms we enjoy as Americans have been purchased and maintained at a high price throughout our history,” Reina said. “We owe a great debt to those who have served in defense of our nation. For many, their sacrifice has ended in permanent injury.
“It has been a true honor to ride alongside these heroes each year as we escort them. Showing your support will only take a few minutes out of your day, but will provide a lasting memory for these heroes,” the mayor said.
Spectators will be asked to safely park their vehicles along the roads, wave flags or hold
banners, and show their support as the parade passes by. Any agency, club or group that wishes to take part may contact Reina’s office at 732-928-1200, ext.1211.
All wounded warriors and veterans who are interested in attending may email Al Dolce at firstname.lastname@example.org