BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The volunteer Liberty Corner and Basking Ridge fire companies take turns hosting each year's Memorial Day parade, and this Monday's event is back in Liberty Corner, with the procession to begin from the Liberty Corner firehouse at 9:30 a.m.
The parade will continue down Church Street towards the flag pole and memorial, where wreaths will be laid and, this year, there will be a presentation in honor of Basking Ridge’s Marine Corps Capt. Stanford H. Shaw, III.
Shaw, 31, was among the Marines and other servicemen killed this past March after the helicopter he was riding in crashed, during a training exercise in Florida.
Presentation to Shaw family
The memorial service following the parade will be the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque that later will be displayed permanently at Ridge High School, said Mike Barth, township parade coordinator and a member of the Liberty Corner firehouse.
U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ, Dist. 7), who represents Bernards Township, will present a flag to Capt. Shaw's mother, Barth said.
Lance will be among the speakers at the memorial service, along with Joseph Bennett, District Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Somerset County, Post 7858, and Bernards Mayor John Malay, Barth said. Liberty Corner Fire Chief Peter Aprahamian will emcee, he said.
As every year, the parade features the Ridge High School band and color guard, local boy and girl scouting troops, sports clubs, the Bernards Township police department, the Basking Ridge Fire Company No. 1, the Liberty Corner Fire Company, the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad, and veterans from the Lyons Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center.
Bernardsville parade to begin at 10:30 a.m.
Bernardsville's annual parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Bernards High. The parade will proceed down Route 202 to borough hall, where VFW Post 7858 will hold the memorial service.