Westfield turns 350 years old in 2019. And as part of the city’s birthday celebration, the 350th Committee received a $1,000 check from 104th Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Peter Greene.
The gift was on behalf of the 104th Fighter Wing and the Thunderbolt Council which supports the work of the men and women at Barnes Air National Guard base.
“We’ve been here ever since 1947. A large number of our members, 155 members, live and work in Westfield and are out at the base and other surrounding communities here,” Col. Greene explained. “We are proud to be part of this celebration.”
The highly visible 350th birthday cake on Westfield’s Park Square is a constant reminder of this special year in the life of the city.
But the 350th Birthday Committee has made plans to hold Westfield’s biggest parade ever with 1,500 marchers stepping off from Stanley Park.
“We are looking at 45 floats,” Westfield 350 President Harry Rock told 22News. “We’ve got ten bands coming; we have the mummers of Philadelphia coming up.”
The parade’s theme: honoring Westfield veterans, ranging from World War II to current conflicts in the Middle East.
“I’m really excited to be the mayor while all of this is going on,” Brian Sullivan said. “It’s been a whole year. We’re already doing events culminating with a huge celebration in May.”
Westfield 350th President Harry Rock is hoping the 104th also honors the city with a fly-over on parade day, which is Sunday, May 19.