JACKSON – For every U.S. soldier killed in World War I and II, 1.7 soldiers were wounded, according to the Wounded Warrior Project. The stakes increase for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – to seven soldiers wounded for every one soldier killed.
Saturday, October 7 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Wounded Warrior Parade, hosted by the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club, which will march through the streets of Jackson starting at 9:30 a.m.
These heroes and outstanding citizens, which Jackson Township Mayor Mike Reina has had the honor of riding alongside every year, are Wounded Veterans of not only the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, but from Vietnam, Korea and WWII.
The parade starts at the Justice Complex in Jackson and ends at the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club. In between, Warriors will be escorted to the Club grounds by the Jackson Police Department, Jackson Volunteer Fire Companies, Jackson First Aid Squads, motorcycle groups, volunteer groups and other caring individuals.
“We owe a great debt to those who have served in defense of this nation. The freedoms we enjoy today as Americans have been purchased at a high price,” said Mayor Reina. “For many, their sacrifice ended in permanent injury, yet their spirit remains in the continued preservation of our freedoms and the promise of liberty. Showing your support will only take a few minutes out of your day but will provide a lasting memory for these heroes.”
Residents, organizations, and those from neighboring towns are invited to line up at the Justice Complex on West Veterans Highway and at the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club to wave flags and show their support for our American heroes. Cars are asked to park along West Veterans Highway.
Although support from the community during this event is usually strong, Mayor Reina is urging everyone to help make the 10th Anniversary Wounded Warrior Parade an even more memorable day by having as many people as possible pack the travel route with cheers.
Any agency, club or group with an interest in taking part in the event and showing their support should contact Mayor Reina’s office at 732-928-1200, ext.1211.
Wounded Warriors and Veterans from any War who are interested in attending the parade should email Al Dolce at firstname.lastname@example.org.