BELMAR, NJ — Under remembrance trees that have grown tall and strong, Belmar honored the fallen heroes of the armed forces during the borough’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

With several hundred people gathered at Monument Row on Main Street this morning, May 28, the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Manasquan/Belmar/Wall Post 1838 led the solemn commemoration recognizing the “heroism, courage and patriotism” of those who have paid the ultimate price, said retired Army Col. Jim Bagley.

In his remarks, Mayor Brian Magovern reminded the crowd that the 14 Belmar men died in World War II are named not only on the memorial’s center monument, but the 14 trees that now provide a shady respite between 12th and 13th Avenues were planted in their honor years ago.

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There also was a special recognition of the late Rita Lane, a nurse who served in Europe with the Army Air Corps during World War II. Following her military service, she and her husband, Edward, also a World War II veteran, lived around the world, but settled with their family in Belmar. She would become a fixture in the Belmar Woman’s Club, serving as its president seven times. A bench dedicated in her honor now is situated along Monument Row, a gift of that club she had served for many years.

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