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Memorial Day Parade Invokes Memories of Those Who Served, Makes New Memories in Basking Ridge

The Basking Ridge Fire Co. hosted the 2014 Memorial Day parade in downtown Basking Ridge as a way of remembering the reason for Memorial Day and honoring those who have served. Ed Foley of the fire company was Master of Ceremonies. Credits: CJ Meenan
The Ridge High School Marching Band led Monday's parade in downtown Basking Ridge. Credits: By CJ Meenan
A moment of remembrance at Monday's Memorial Day parade and ceremony in downtown Basking Ridge. Credits: CJ Meenan
Bernards Township Mayor John Carpenter opened Monday's Memorial Day ceremony and offered thanks to those who have preserved American freedoms. Credits: CJ Meenan
Girls and boy scouts from Bernards Township laid wreaths during Monday's Memorial Day parade and ceremony in downtown Basking Ridge. Credits: CJ Meenan
Wreaths laid at Monday's Memorial Day parade and ceremony in downtown Basking Ridge. Credits: CJ Meenan
The town green in Basking Ridge center following Monday's Memorial Day ceremony. Credits: CJ Meenan
The local fire companies in Bernards Township take turns hosting the annual Memorial Day parade. For 2014, the event was in the center of Basking Ridge. Credits: CJ Meenan

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.

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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."


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