Annual Parade Will Honor Those Who Gave Their Lives

Parade will head up Valley Road, end at municipal building.

The township’s annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday.

The parade will start out on Ratzer Road, head up to Valley Road, and end at the . The parade is expected to conclude at noon.

Wreathes in rememberance of those veterans who died while serving were placed at the firemen’s memorial in front of town hall during a ceremony at last year's parade. Residents lined Valley Road and waved American flags as the l marching band, the American Legion Post 174, the Police Athletic League, and local Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts walked in the parade last year.

It is not known what local organizations or individuals will be featured in the parade this year.

Wayne's World May 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Come on out and give a round of applause and thanks to our service-people on Monday. It's the least we can do for them. People say they "support" the military, but what are most of us really doing other than saying some empty words? Donate some useful items for combat troops on the front-lines of these third-world toilets, and please go to your local parade for an hour to clap for these heroes!
Bill May 24, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Why does a MEMORIAL DAY Parade end at a firemans memorial when the DAY is a Veterans commemoration? What is next, the police officer's memorial as vets stand alone across the parking lot?
Bill May 24, 2012 at 01:21 PM
http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.
Bill May 24, 2012 at 01:21 PM
General John A. Logan Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-B8172- 6403 DLC (b&w film neg.)] Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee. In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem: We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies.
Bill May 24, 2012 at 01:22 PM
She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it. Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day.
Bill May 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM
While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.
Justice May 24, 2012 at 01:29 PM
It is unfortunate that the citizens of the United States of America have forgotten those who have continued to maintain the freedoms of this country through the extreme sacrifices of their blood, sweat and tears. RIP all my brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, aunts and uncles and numerous friends who are not here because they gave of themselves in order that I may enjoy the freedoms that the Bill of Rights guarantees to all the citizens and residents of this great country.
Bill May 24, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Bill of Rights, 1-4 Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Amendment III No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
stewart resmer May 24, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Very good question Bill! I don't know the history of the memorials here but competing prerogatives seem to always be at play in Wayne. This one should have been a no brainer, looks like the no brainers won yet again huh?
Nose Wayne May 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM
All Gave Some,Some Gave Their All. THANK YOU!! To All Our Veterans
leanbean May 24, 2012 at 08:38 PM
When I was growing up here in town. The parade use to be in the Mt. View Sect. of the town. On 202 and Boonton Rd. Wreathes where laid at the memorial in front of the Mt.View School And there would be a 21 gun Salute. We all would dress up are bikes with red white and blue ribbons and ride in the Parade. That's back when Townhall was in the building that is now Post 174. Times have changed. There was no such thing as a Memorial Day Sale. It was a day to honor those who gave there lives defending this Country. Remember to say a Prayer for them all.
Nose Wayne May 24, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Leanbean, YES the good old days!!
Frank Mollo May 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM
As an American: I am great full to all those who serve others ... Thanks vets ... And I pray that those who have fallen rest in peace and the living are respected - this is their day ... A day for us to reflect & respect. Thank you!
Steven McNally May 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Thank you to the veterans, their families and those servicemen and women that lost their lives protecting our freedoms and those that made it home. Thank you also to the men and women who served our country and returned home to continue that service as Firemen and Police Officers. Your service should be honored not just today but everyday. Thank you.
Nose Wayne May 29, 2012 at 01:11 AM
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