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Memorial Day Concert: A Tribute to Fallen Heroes

Dr. Thomas Connors directs the Westfield Community Band as spectators fill the lawn at the historic North Side Train Station during tonight's Memorial Day concert in Fanwood. (Photo by Brian Horton) Credits: Brian Horton
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Meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, featuring Stacy F. Roth as Molly Pitcher, starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Fanwood Train Station. Credits: John Mooney
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Korean War veteran Don Wussler is the chairman of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Memorial Day Committee. (Photo by Brian Horton) Credits: Brian Horton
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Credits: John Mooney
Credits: John Mooney
Credits: John Mooney
Local boys Derek Cappadocia, Jeremy Bonnell, Liam Mahr, Reagan Mooney, and Michael Bonnell meet WWII veteran Malcolm Nettingham, 95, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Credits: Susan Bonnell
Parade Committee member Ralph Checchio, Assemblywoman Linda Stender, Vietnam veteran Joe McCourt‎, WWII veteran and Parade Grand Marshal Malcolm Nettingham, Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, Korean War veteran Don Wussler, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Anthony Parenti of American Legion Post 209, and Parade Committee member Bob LaCosta. Credits: John Mooney
Credits: John Mooney

FANWOOD, NJ – The third annual Memorial Day Concert “A Tribute to Fallen Heroes” performed by the Westfield Community Band under the direction of Dr. Thomas Connors at the Fanwood Train Station brought a large turnout on Sunday, May 25.  The concert, held under beautiful spring skies, featured patriotic songs and selections of letters written by soldiers.

Anthony Parenti of American Legion Post 209 led the crowds in the Pledge of Allegiance before Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover opened the program.  Other speakers included Joseph McCourt, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army (Viet Nam), Ernesto Hernandez, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (Operation Desert Storm), and Joe Rodriques, Major, U.S. Marine Corps (Operation Iraqi Freedom).

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Musical selections included The Star Spangled Banner, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, God Bless America, Stars and Stripes Forever, and a “Salute to the Armed” Forces during which members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines were acknowledged as their respective hymns were played.  Baritone Kerry Stubbs moved the crowd with a stirring rendition of What a Wonderful World.

The annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade takes place on Monday, May 26 beginning at 10:45 a.m., following ceremonies at the Fanwood Library at 9:00 a.m. and the Scotch Plains Gazebo at 10:00 a.m.

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