Hoboken Memorial Day Parade tonight – bus routes changed
In case you didn’t know – the Hoboken Memorial Day Parade is tonight. Washington Street will be closed from 11th to City Hall. Festivities start at 6:30pm – and once again that giant flag will be erected at 10th and Washington Streets.
Also note that NJ Transit Bus Routes have been altered from 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
Make sure you take that into consideration when planning your evening commute.
- Buses traveling toward Port Authority Bus Terminal will travel on Observer Highway, make a right on Bloomfield Avenue, left on 14th Street, and then continue the regular route.
- Buses traveling toward Hoboken Terminal will travel on Willow Avenue, continue on Willow Avenue, make a left on Observer Highway, and then continue the regular route.
Memorial Day History
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.