The annual celebration, hosted by the Allied Veterans Memorial Committee, made up of six local veterans organizations, drew hundreds of residents to Myrtle Avenue.
Young children, parents and seniors waved American flags and cheered as veterans, community groups and others marched.
“I think it was a nice turnout today,” said Danny Wisotsky, chairman of the Allied Veterans. “I’m glad the weather held out.”
The event began with a memorial service to honor the war dead at the Ridgewood War Memorial. Members of the Allied Veterans fired three shots into the air to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
At the Glendale War Memorial at the end of the parade, the veterans hosted a similar ceremony.
Speaking to a large crowd, Wisotsky reiterated that Memorial Day is to honor the war dead who gave their lives “so we can have a free nation.”
This year’s grand marshal was Raymond Whitman, a Korean War-era veteran from the Joseph B. Garity Post 562 in Ridgewood. Whitman is the last of his post to have fought in the Korean War.
He said it was “wonderful” to be honored at this year’s parade.
“It means a lot,” he said. “It means that everybody’s thinking of you.”
Wisotsky said while he enjoyed the parade and all of the support, he’s also looking forward to planning next year’s parade after a month off.
“I just appreciated everyone coming out today to support what this day is all about,” he said.