Mountainside to host 10th Annual Memorial Day Parade

Mountainside 2022 Memorial Day Parade

On Monday, May 30th, Mountainside will sponsor a Memorial Day Ceremony followed by a parade honoring those who have died in our nation’s service.

The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans flagpole monument on Constitution Plaza (in front of the library). Upon conclusion of the ceremony, Veterans, Scouts, Rotary Club, Rescue Squad, Fire Department, Police and community groups will parade toward Deerfield School. The parade will proceed from Constitution Plaza up to Bridle Path to Wood Valley Road to Central Avenue, ending in Deerfield School parking lot and is expected to end at12:30 p.m.

The Grand Marshal of Mountainside’s parade will be Cyril John Massar. He was born in Tresckow, Pennsylvania. He is 97 years old and has been a Mountainside resident since 1991. Cyril entered Federal Service on January 26th, 1943. His highest rank held was Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class. 

He served as Naval Training Station, Sampson, New York:  Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida:  Naval Air Station, San Diego, California:  and Naval Air Base, Navy 3149- Philippines Islands.  

Cyril’s Military Awards include Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal: Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 Star: Good Conduct Medal:  and a WW II Victory Medal and was released from active service on February 12, 1946.

Cyril had a sales career until retiring in 1989 and currently serves as a Deacon for Volunteer Catholic Priests:  Atlantic Visiting Nursing: and Hospice and Lyons VA Hospital. He has 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. His hobbies include volunteer service and music and he used to play the piano accordion.

The Mountainside Memorial Day Parade Committee is comprised of individuals representing the VFW, Mayor and Borough Council, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rotary Club, Local Businesses, Fire Department, Police Department, Rescue Squad and others. These groups came together to bring a fitting Memorial Day event to the town of Mountainside as an honor to our own brave citizens who have fought and sacrificed in wars so that we can enjoy the many freedoms that Mountainside enjoy. The Committee hopes that citizens come out in force to show their appreciation for our Veterans as we memorialize our heroes in this way.

For further information about the parade, please contact Deanna Andre at (908) 244-4111.