BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township’s annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will not be held this year due to precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the resulting public health emergency, the township has announced.

The parade is rotated each year between downtown Basking Ridge and Liberty Corner, and was hosted by the Liberty Corner Fire Co. and EMS in 2019.

"While Bernards Township is unable to celebrate in our traditional way, a solitary moment of remembrance will take place to honor those men and woman who gave their lives in service to our nation, and will be available for viewing on the Bernards Township website on May 25, 2020, according to the township's announcement.  

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In addition, the Bernards Township Committee encourages citizens to reach out with a monetary donation to benefit the members of the community who have been hardest hit by the pandemic, the Lyons Veterans Administration Medical Center off Valley Road.

"We are all in this together, and now is a time we can honor our veterans and fight this invisible enemy," the announcement said.

Donations can be made online https://www.communityhope-nj.org, and clicking on the donate now button, the announcement said.

Checks can be made payable to Community Hope and mailed to: Community Hope, Attn: Peggy Banko, Development Office, 959 Route 46 East, Suite 402, Parsippany, NJ 07054. (In the memo line, please indicate to direct the money to the Hope for Veterans Program.)