The Medford Township Council & Medford VFW Post #7677 are most pleased to announce that they will hold Medford’s Annual Memorial Day Parade & Observances on Monday, May 30th, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
As a reminder, as of 2019 the Parade route has changed. The Parade will now start at Allen School on Allen Avenue near Union Street, and proceed east to South Main Street. The Parade will turn left onto South Main Street; stopping briefly at the War Memorials adjacent to the Medford Memorial Community Center at 26 South Main Street to raise the flag, present a wreath and offer a 21-gun salute. The Parade will then re-start and continue north, turning left on Union Street. The Parade concludes in Freedom Park at 86 Union Street. The ceremony will start immediately at the conclusion of the Parade in Freedom Park.
Parade participants will include members of the VFW Post #7677, the Shawnee High School Marching Band, the Medford Police Department, Medford EMS, the Union & Taunton Fire Companies, the Civil Air Patrol-Air Victory Museum Composite Squadron. Medford Masonic Lodge #178, the Warrior Watch Riders, as well as many other public safety representatives and military re-enactment associations from neighboring communities.
This year’s Grand Marshall is Captain Richard L. Bucko. After graduating from Wilkes University, Richard Bucko was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1966. He was assigned to the USS Tanner (AGS 15) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ship was soon deployed to the West Coast of Vietnam. As officer in charge of a 52 foot survey vessel, for 9 months he helped prepared inshore nautical charts from the Cambodian border to the tip of the Mekong delta. The following year he performed the same duties in Micronesia surveying harbors of Truk, Palau and Guam.
After completing active duty Richard Bucko joined the Naval Reserve where he served for an additional 21 years. He was active in harbor protection Reserve units on Sandy Hook and was Commanding Officer of the unit in Lewes, Delaware. He achieved the rank of Captain and retired after a total of 24 years of decorated military service. Cpt. Bucko attended the Doctoral Program in Educational Administration at Rutgers University. Dr. Bucko was a school principal for 28 years, 24 of those years in Moorestown, NJ. He has resided in Medford for 25 years, raising two sons with his wife Marilyn. He has been active in many community affairs and currently is a member of Medford VFW Post 7677 and President of the Medford Historical Society.
The Township Council invites and encourages Veterans to march in the Parade or join them in a vehicle. Local Scout troops and civic organizations who wish to march in the parade are also encouraged to do so and should contact the Beth Portocalis at the Municipal Offices (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 609-654-2608 x324. Also, participation in the parade on decorated bicycles is highly encouraged. Bikers should report to the Allen School staging area by 10:45 a.m., and must wear safety helmets.
On Saturday, May 28th, VFW Post #7677 is planning to perform memorial services at each of the three Medford Township cemeteries east of Main Street (Family Ministry at Branch and Filbert Streets, the Baptist Cemetery and the Odd Fellows Cemetery) in the usual sequence, commencing at 12:00 noon. The small gated cemetery on Stokes Road @ Himmelein Road is also included. Accordingly, the Parade route on Monday will not include stops at these cemeteries.
**Also of note, The Medford Sunrise Rotary will again be organizing Burlington County’s “Field of Honor” in Freedom Park for Memorial Day. To honor loved ones who have exhibited Service Above Self, at least 200 sponsored flags will be flown in Freedom Park. Flags honor those who have served in the military, first responders, teachers, or any person who has touched the lives of others. The flags will be erected by Rotary members on Friday, May 27th. They will be flown on 8’ poles in perfectly symmetrical rows. Medallions will be placed on each flag with details on the nominated “hero.” The Field of Honor will remain for a full week, from May 28th thru June 3rd. www.medfordsunriserotary.org.