HILLSBOROUGH – The township will resume traditional Memorial Day activities on Saturday.
Saturday’s activities will begin with the annual Hail Township Veterans Breakfast. However, due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, breakfast will be driving. Breakfast will start at 9 a.m. and will take place rain or shine.
The parade will follow at 10 a.m. The date of the rain is Sunday. The parade will also mark the township’s 250th anniversary.
Township resident Thomas Cellilli, Jr. will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.
Cellilli was born in Ludlow, Massachusetts and has lived in Hillsborough for 40 years with his wife of 52, Philomena. They have two sons, four grandsons, two granddaughters and a great granddaughter.
Cellilli enlisted in the military during the Vietnam War and received basic training at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. He received the Army Recognition Medal for Meritorious Service Overseas while managing the Classified Message Center and the Highly Classified Operation Command Post in the sky.
Cellilli is a Life Member of VFW Post 8371, where he served as Trustee and Post Warrant Officer and has currently served as Post Commander since 2018.
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He is also involved with the VFW District 15 Command Senior Staff, Somerville Disabled American Veterans Chapter 16, Mary Mother of God Church, and members of the UNICO service organization.
Cellilli began his career in the private sector at Allstate Insurance as a Chartered Sales Representative and progressed to managing various claims offices in New Jersey. Cellili then established the first Allstate underwriting fraud investigation unit in the country and served on various state boards on insurance fraud prevention.
He was also COO of the Penn Executive Diagnostic Center and Pattern Analysis and did pro bono work for the New Jersey Special Investigators Association.
Immediately after the parade, the annual Garden of Honor commemoration ceremony will take place at the municipal complex.
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