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Belleville Honors Veterans with Annual Parade

War heroes, school marching bands and officials all march to remember the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform protecting America's freedom.

Residents lined the route from School No. 8 to the Veterans Monument on Union Avenue for Belleville's annual Veterans Day Parade on a sunny afternoon Monday.

"We must never forget our veterans. Thanks to everyone for coming out today," said Joseph Fornarotto, chairman of the township's veterans council.

Members of Belleville American Legion Post No. 105 and Nutley American Legion Post both proudly marched in the parade, along with Mayor Raymond Kimble, Township Manager Kevin Esposito and Police Chief Joseph Rotonda.

"We have always been in good hands, thanks to the sacrifice of the great men and women from Belleville who have served their community with distinction," said State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, a Belleville resident.

The Fewsmith Church Junior Girl Scout and Brownie Troops also took part, while the Belleville High Marching Band and Color Guard and Newark's Shabazz High School Marching Band provided music.

Luke and Penny Larkins, their son, Justin and daughter Kyra were all smiles, waving their flags to welcome all those who walked.

"We love to support our soliders," Luke Larkins said.

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