Sponsored by the Summit Fourth of July Celebration Committee, the parade will be led by members of the Summit American Legion Post #322. Summit civic and school groups are encouraged to participate and march along with veterans. The Summit High School marching band, Summit Police Department, Summit Fire Department, Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, and scout troops will also march in the parade.
Spectators are encouraged to gather on Deforest Avenue, Beechwood Road, Springfield Avenue and along Maple Street to the Village Green. Flags will be distributed to the crowd by marchers along the route. Veterans who are unable to march may request a ride in the parade; please meet members of the American Legion at the start of the parade at 25 Deforest Avenue to request assistance.
The ceremony on the Village Green will feature music from the Summit High School marching band, a rifle salute and wreath-laying, and a special performance of “taps.” A Summit Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented by Summit Mayor Nora Radest and followed by readings from local students. Veterans participating in Summit’s Hometown Heroes program will be acknowledged during the ceremony as well. All veterans who attend the ceremony will receive a 2018 commemorative coin in recognition of, and appreciation for, their service.
Free hot dogs and cold drinks will be served on the Village Green courtesy of the Summit Elks Lodge.
To register your organization to march in the 2018 parade, contact Andy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the parade and ceremony is available at summitcommunityprograms.com.