HANOVER TOWNSHIP — As a result of the public health mandates imposed by the State of New Jersey to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty regarding when Governor Murphy will lift the restrictions, Hanover Township is canceling this year’s May 25th Memorial Day Parade. The parade committee, working with representatives of the Veterans Alliance, made the decision not to proceed in the interest of public safety and compliance with current state regulations.
“It’s unfortunate,” commented Township Committeeman Mike Mihalko, who serves on the parade committee, “but with what’s going on, we have to consider public health first.” Looking ahead, he added, “We’ve always had such a great turnout for this event. When things return to normal and we can go forward again next year, I’m certain our community will come out in large numbers and possibly with even greater enthusiasm for having missed the parade this year.”
The Township Committee joins the parade committee in extending best wishes for the safety and well-being of residents at this unprecedented time. And in the true spirit of Memorial Day, they ask Hanover families to pause a moment over the upcoming holiday weekend to think of those men and women from the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. “We can’t be together as a large group this year to pay public tribute to our fallen soldiers,” reflected Mihalko, “but we can certainly honor them in our minds and hearts simply by remembering that they gave their lives for us and our country.”