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Sixth Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Parade to Honor World War II Veterans, Feature Local Marching Bands and More
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Wednesday, August 10, 2016) – Next week’s 6th Annual Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Parade will honor the service of World War II veterans and all other veterans of foreign wars while highlighting the sounds of local marching bands and much more.
While many from America’s “greatest generation” are no longer with us, several courageous veterans who served our country during the second world war will ride in style down the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk on Monday, August 15 starting at 6 p.m. from States Avenue and will proceed downbeach to Albany Avenue before disembarking.
“According to statistics released by the Veteran’s Administration, our World War II veterans are dying at a rate of approximately 492 a day, which means there are approximately only 855,070 veterans remaining of the 16 million who served our nation in World War II,” said Parade Line of March Director Dennis Konzelman. “With this parade, we have a unique opportunity to create a profoundly meaningful tribute to these heroes who overcame a once-in-a-generation challenge.”
World War II veterans confirmed to attend include: Purple Heart recipient John Palmentieri, John Thomas, Raymond Coursey, William Haggeli, Bronze Star recipient Francis Jeffers, James Keenan, Chris Kourambis, Fortunato “Lucky” LaTorre, Mike Rock, Allen Ruley and Bernie Sandson.
Several local dignitaries will be marching in the parade too, such as City of Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian; City of Atlantic City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz; Congressman Frank LoBiondo; Senators Jim Whelan and Jeff Van Drew, Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Bob Andrzejczak and Chris Brown & family; County Executive Dennis Levinson and Freeholder Frank Formica.
Performing live musical entertainment will be the Atlantic City Fire Department Sandpipers Pipes & Drums; United States Coast Guard TRACE Cape May marching band; Oakcrest High School Marching Ambassadors; Boardwalk Seahawks Marching Drum Corps of Atlantic City; the 63rd Army Band; the Gloucester City String Band; and the Pleasantville Marching Thunder.
Rounding out the parade line-up will be various other veterans groups from throughout South Jersey, classic cars, Buffalo Soldiers, Ladies of the Civil War, United States Colored Troop, Dr. Pitney & King Neptune, Miss New Jersey Senior America’s, AC Xclusive and Blaze drill teams, and much more.
Spectators are welcome to view the parade for free at any location along the Boardwalk. Kennedy Plaza, located in front of Historic Boardwalk Hall, will once again serve as a viewing area for our war veterans and their respective families.
Originally begun in 2011, the Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Parade was founded by the late Atlantic City media personality Pinky Kravitz, who passed away in 2015. For more information, visit the parade online at www.acarmedforcesparade.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acsalutesparade or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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