The parade pays tribute to the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Merchant Marines, and Navy.
Marine Corps League Bayonne Detachment 191 is the lead post this year, and the group has dedicated the parade to the 220 U.S. Marines and 21 other military personnel killed during the barracks attack in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, as well as the 58 French soldiers killed at a different location.
This year’s grand marshal is Martin Wilk, a Marine Corps corporal who served during the Korean War.
Parade spokesman John Zmyslowski urges Bayonne residents to take time to watch the event.
“Support the veterans that are there, all veterans, and the memory of all veterans,” he said. “Especially the ones that didn't make it back; they're the ones that made the big sacrifice.” – Joseph Passantino