2009 John Basilone Memorial Parade
Jon Seda, the actor who portrays John Basilone in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, rides in the paradeThe Basilone Family
Mayor Jo-Ann Liptak - It was her third grade class at JFK School in Raritan that first wrote to Mayor Steve Del Rocco suggesting that there should be a parade to honor John Basilone. The rest is history - 28 years of it. Council members Victor Laggini, Maureen Wilson, and Denise Carra
One of the Grand Marshalls - Joe Sian
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The other Grand Marshall - John Hudak
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County Freeholder Jack Ciattarelli with former Raritan Mayor Anthony DeCicco Councilman Victor Laggini with one of the Grand Marshalls John Hudak
John Basilone's only surviving classmate
Vicky Melitsky - click for bio
Police Chief Larry Hess Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano
Fire Chief Carl Memoli
John Basilone's Nieces. On the left is Diane Hawkins who came all the way from France for the parade. Donald Basilone, the brother of John, was in high demand from the many reporters present at the parade.