BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - With the Basking Ridge Fire Company serving as this year's host, Monday's Memorial Day parade brought together residents, local school groups, civic organizations and others who wanted to honor the servicemen and women who created and preserved the United States.
The weather cooperated as hundreds of families lined South Finley Avenue for the brief morning parade. The Ridge High School marching band, with the color guard accompanying, led the parade. Behind, township officials, volunteer firefighters and rescue workers and youth groups such as Ridge Baseball and scouting troops made up the procession.
The parade led to the village green - not far from where some Revolutionary War veterans rest under the town's historic oak - to begin with a welcoming message from Bernards Township Mayor John Carpenter.
Carpenter offered a reminder to give thanks to all those who preserved American freedoms through sacrifice. Memorial wreaths were laid on the green by such local organizations as the girl and boy scouting troops and the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge.
Master of Ceremonies Ed Foley of the Basking Ridge Fire Co. introduced the guests and concluded the presentation by asking those present to remember "those who laid down their lives so others may live."