Contact: David Zuba, Publicist, Media Relations/Communications
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Wednesday, August 26, 2015) – The 5th Annual Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Parade returns to the Boardwalk on Monday, August 31 and will pay respect to the brave men and women of the United States military who have served, made the ultimate sacrifice and continue to defend our country’s freedoms.
The parade will commence at 6 pm on the Boardwalk at New Jersey Avenue and traverse the city’s world-famous wooden thoroughfare to Albany Avenue. Local radio show host Don Williams will act as the parade’s Grand Marshall while eight high school marching bands from throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties, including Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Oakcrest, Absegami, Mainland, Egg Harbor Township and Wildwood, will perform.
“The Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Parade is proud to be back for another year on the famous Boardwalk and this parade is a profoundly meaningful tribute to our veterans,” said Parade Co-Chair and Line of March Director Dennis Konzelman.
Among the more than 100 marching units in the parade this year are the Atlantic City Police Department, Atlantic City Fire Department Sandpipers marching band, eight veterans of World War II and one veteran each from the Vietnam and Korean wars, several tram cars escorting the Atlantic County Jewish War Veterans Post 39, representatives from the United States Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, New Jersey Army National Guard and Air National Guard, and local businesses including AtlantiCare, Caesars Entertainment, Tropicana Hotel Casino and Resorts Hotel Casino.
“We are very proud this year to have eight veterans of World War II riding down the Boardwalk in convertibles and receiving the recognition and respect that they truly deserve,” Konzelman said.
Local dignitaries who are participating in the parade include Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Assemblymen Chris Brown and Vince Mazzeo, Senator Jim Whelan, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson and Freeholder Frank Formica.
Parking for the parade is available at the following locations: http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/!userfiles/pdfs/Maps/ParkingMap_CityMap_Apr15.pdf
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