HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Thousands of township residents paused yesterday to honor those who have served in the United States military and those who made the ulltimate sacrifice in defense of the nation.

A cross section of the township, from police, firefighters and elected officials to Daisy Girl Scouts, athletic organizations and the Hillsborough High School Raiders Marching Band lined up in the parade that concluded at the Garden of Honor in the municipal center, where Mayor Frank DelCore and other elected officials greeted the veterans and others who had participated.

U.S. Navy Capt. (Ret.) and township resident Timothy J. Jordan, a 30-year Navy Veteran, was the Grand Marshal of the parade.

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Jordan earned his commission through the United States Naval Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science.  He served more than 30 years in various duty assignments in the Reserves and Activity duty.

During his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2006, 2008 and 2009, Jordan served with two separate Marine Corps Commands and the Navy Seabees.  His personal military decorations include the Defence Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Forces Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF, Operation Enduring Freedom OEF as well as various other ribbons and unit awards.