On Memorial Day, Hanover Township (the township that the Slattery Detachment is located in) holds it’s annual veteran’s parade. The Slattery Detachment always participates.
The detachment takes charge of this parade every few years and we look forward to this challenge with great anticipation. This year, the Veterans Foreign Wars was in charge.
As usual, the veterans meet at the Hanover Community Center for a nice breakfast from 7 am to 8:30 am. Eggs, potatos, sweet rolls, bacon, sausage, tea and coffee are provided by the VFW and served by their auxiliary. There were about 100 people there along with our local Police Department members.
After breakfast we move over to Hanover Veterans Memorial located about 100 yards to the south and next to the Hanover Town Hall. There a short ceremony is held and then off to the area near the Whippany Park High School were the parade starts at 9:30 am.
We had about a dozen riding or walking in the parade this year. The parade is about 1.5 to 2 miles and ends up at the American Legion for a patriotic service featuring a guest speaker. This years speaker was a hometown boy who is stationed at West Point as an instructor.
When the speeches are done everyone moves
to the rear of the building for hotdogs, birch beer, beer and ice-cream.
This years hotdogs were supplied locally by Wegmens of Hanover.