The American Legion Post 60 has nominated Stephen “Steve” C. Jerden as Grand Marshal for the Annual Roselle Park Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, at Sherman Elementary School.
Jerden was born on August 3, 1953, and was raised in Hillside before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1972.
He served during the end of the Vietnam War, from July 10, 1972, to May 30, 1975. Stephen was ranked E-4, a petty officer third class.
He earned the Navy “E” Award, which denotes the wearer was on permanent duty aboard a U.S. Navy ship or in a unit that won a battle efficiency competition after July 1, 1974.
Currently, Stephen resides in Elizabeth. He has two sons, one daughter, and four grandkids - one of which is currently serving in the Navy.
Stephen continues to serve locally as Vice Commander of American Legion Post 60, located in Roselle Park.
He also serves as Vice Commander for the Union County American Legion, where he is a regional representative for military veterans and their family members.
“Mr. Jerden is an excellent nomination by American Legion Post 60, and we could not be happier to have him walk in this year’s Memorial Day Parade,” Mayor Joe Signorello said.
“Memorial Day is meant to pay respect to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, but veterans such as Mr. Jerden certainly don't go unrecognized. I hope all Roselle Park residents will come out and join us as we pay our respects to our fallen heroes and all they have given us.”
All organizations are invited to walk in the Roselle Park Memorial Day Parade in our annual tradition of honoring those who have defined heroism and paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Lineup will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Participation is free – please contact the Casano Community Center at (908) 245-0666 to reserve your spot.