Hoboken Memorial Day Parade 2013

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.

Hoboken Memorial Day Parade May 22 2013

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.

Local Observances Claim To Be First

Local springtime tributes to the Civil War dead already had been held in various places. One of the first occurred in Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.

Today, cities in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866. Both Macon and Columbus, Ga., claim the title, as well as Richmond, Va. The village of Boalsburg, Pa., claims it began there two years earlier. A stone in a Carbondale, Ill., cemetery carries the statement that the first Decoration Day ceremony took place there on April 29, 1866. Carbondale was the wartime home of Gen. Logan. Approximately 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, many of them in the South where most of the war dead were buried.

Official Memorial Day Birthplace Declared

In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.

By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.

It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.

Some States Have Confederate Observances of Memorial Day

Many Southern states also have their own days for honoring the Confederate dead. Mississippi celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of April, Alabama on the fourth Monday of April, and Georgia on April 26. North and South Carolina observe it on May 10, Louisiana on June 3 and Tennessee calls that date Confederate Decoration Day. Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day January 19 and Virginia calls the last Monday in May Confederate Memorial Day.

Gen. Logan’s order for his posts to decorate graves in 1868 “with the choicest flowers of springtime” urged: “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. … Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

The crowd attending the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was approximately the same size as those that attend today’s observance, about 5,000 people. Then, as now, small American flags were placed on each grave — a tradition followed at many national cemeteries today. In recent years, the custom has grown in many families to decorate the graves of all departed loved ones.

The origins of special services to honor those who die in war can be found in antiquity. The Athenian leader Pericles offered a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Peloponnesian War over 24 centuries ago that could be applied today to the 1.1 million Americans who have died in the nation’s wars: “Not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.”

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:57 pm

I was proud to watch the parade – Thank you Veterans for your service to our country.
Please thank a Veteran – Every year we lose more of our WWII vets.
Let them know you appreciate them before it is too late.
Let us give thanks and honor the dead and pray for peace

Congratulations Tom Brereton, the parade’s grand marshal !

Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:49 am

Well for anyone that made it out last night, there was a great turnout by The Elks, where we were. The parade was fun, and the weather was perfect.

Please remember to take time to think about what the true reason and meaning for Memorial Day is!

Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:35 am

Congrats.411-You honored Memorial Day Parade – 2 other local websites did not!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:29 am

Does anyone know if there’s a rain date? With the storms looming on the horizon.. Or at what point we’ll know if it’s getting cancelled?

Saturday, May 28, 2011 12:15 pm

the more one researchs the more one finds..do you self proclaimed historians believe all you read is true?? give it some tought. There was rumors that the uss maine was sunk by ??? and the spanish were blaimed for it..teddy Roosivelt was not a fool..emcompass the monroe doctrine expansion rule which is a mute point today alla fidel in 1963..The spainish war had the us annex the philippines,cuba etc…Had not been for teddy the rough rider japan would not have been a power later on..read bradleys book..his dad was a flag raiser on iwo… The smart afro americans know that the civil war started for many reasons..the expansiion of terrories that woulld soon become states is what lincoln was against…It’s all on how you read it. The proclmation never freed the slaves that built the south ,but the crackers hated lincoln for it. 🙄

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