MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(10 June, 2009)
Parade And Event To Honor Returning National Guard Troops In Trenton
WHO/WHAT: The New Jersey Army National Guard closes its largest combat deployment since World War II with a parade and celebration in downtown Trenton. The 2,900 Soldiers of the 50 th Infantry Brigade Combat Team served 10 months in Iraq. The Soldiers will march from the New Jersey World War II Memorial to the Sovereign Bank Arena. Gov. Jon Corzine and Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth will make brief remarks at the start of the parade. The Soldiers will be joined on the 1.1-mile parade route by high school marching bands from Ewing, Newark, Paterson and Trenton.
Members of the Soldiers' families will be entertained at the arena during the parade by a group that includes comedian Joe Piscopo; Mary D'Arcy, who had a starring role in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera ; American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle; Sarah Dash, a Trenton native and former vocalist with Patti La Belle and The Blue Bells; and R&B artist Chanj.
WHEN: Friday, June 12 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE/TIMELINE: Two locations:
(Remember Route 206 will be closed during event planned alternate routes)
Statehouse, West State St., Trenton
10:17--Flyover by three UH-60 Army National Guard helicopters.
10:30--19-gun salute by 105mm cannons behind Statehouse.
10:32--Each of the two-dozen company sized elements stop in front of the Statehouse where they are greeted by Governor and The Adjutant General.
10:34--The first unit marches down the 1.1 mile route along South Broad Street.
Sovereign Bank Arena, South Broad St., Trenton
(Media will park in the lot across from the arena on South Broad St.)
10:00--Families start arriving. Professional sports personalities will be there to sign autographs.
12:00--The first units enter the arena.