BARNEGAT, NJ - Barnegat will not hold its 2020 Memorial Day Parade because of social distancing concerns. American Legion Post 232 Commander Hector Quinones and VFW Post 10092 Commander Francis J. Healy will maintain another tradition at the gazebo. However, the service honoring the fallen is private due to space limitations.

For many, Memorial Day is seen as the beginning of the summer season. However, the reason for its observation represents a time of reflection. Across the United States, men and women who died while serving our country will be honored for their ultimate sacrifice.

On Monday, May 25th, select members of the American Legion will also gather for another tradition.  A group of under ten will participate in a bell ringing ceremony in remembrance of those lost.

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In years past, local scouts assisted American Legion post members in placing flags in local cemeteries. Due to current restrictions created by the coronavirus crisis, the scouts will not be part of the annual tradition.

Post members will take on the honor of planting over 1,000 small American flags at the graves of veterans. By Saturday, the line up of flags will demonstrate an appreciation for those who served the United States.