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Sheriff Ed Rochford, who is retiring after 24 years as Morris County Sheriff and 51 years in law enforcement, will lead the Randolph Kiwanis Freedom Parade as Grand Marshal when it kicks off at Noon this Saturday, July 2. “We chose Ed Rochford to be Grand Marshal because of his exceptional record of public service,” said volunteer parade director Geoff Price.
The Freedom Parade - one of the largest Fourth of July weekend parades in New Jersey - is sponsored and organized by the all-volunteer, not-for-profit Randolph Kiwanis Club in partnership with Randolph Township. It will start at the Mount Fern Methodist Church, 443 Quaker Church Road in Randolph, proceed down Quaker Church Road, make a right on to Center Grove Road, cross Route 10 and finish at the lower parking lot of the County College of Morris in Randolph.
“Ed Rochford has done a great deal of charitable work throughout his remarkable career and has been recognized with awards from numerous organizations,” said Price. “He’s a volunteer fireman and is very involved helping children with cancer, organizing fundraisers for them.” In 2013, Rochford received the “Distinguished Citizen Award” from the Boy Scouts of America. He was the 2012 recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the New Jersey State Troopers Coalition. In 2009, Rochford received the “Distinguished Leadership” award from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police for his commitment to accreditation and the professionalism of policing in New Jersey.
Showcased in the Freedom Parade will be military units, community groups, bands and other attractions. Active military from Picatinny Arsenal will be in the Freedom Parade. Presenting the Colors as Lead Color Guard will be the Randolph Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 7333. Other veterans groups participating will be the Tin Can Sailors, the American Legion Riders from Wharton Chapter 91 and Mine Hill Chapter 391, and the Forty & Eight Morris County Voiture 228. Also appearing in the Freedom Parade will be Miss New Jersey 2016 Brenna Weick who will be representing New Jersey in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City in September. Known for its strong historical focus, the Freedom Parade includes both Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactment and “living history” units.
“The Freedom Parade is a great annual tradition in Randolph that not only celebrates our freedom and salutes the service - and sacrifice - of our active military and veterans but also brings everyone together,” said Price.
People can support the parade tradition by donating to our parade effort - Please download this form 2016_freedom_parade_sponsorship.pdf or by mai a check to Randolph Kiwanis Freedom Parade, P.O. Box 106, Mt. Freedom, N.J. 07970. We appreciate your support!