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Berkeley Heights Community Prepares for Memorial Day, 'Honoring our Hometown Heroes'

Veterans Memorial Park Committee Chair Gay Hollowell with former chair Ted Romankow have spent countless hours dedicated to honoring area veterans. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Veteran Douglas Thomas Garno, who served as a Major in the Air Force during Korean from 1951 to 1956, will serve as the Grand Marshall for the Township’s 2017 Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony.
Anne Imbimbo honors her Uncle Vito Mondelli by planting new annual flowers by the statue of the "Fallen Soldier" donated by Vito. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Ted Romankow
Credits: Ted Romankow
Credits: Ted Romankow
Credits: Ted Romankow
Credits: Ted Romankow

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights residents are getting ready for a weekend remembering those who sacrificed their lives in the name of their country. Hometown Hero banners are hung throughout downtown leading to Veterans Memorial Park, which looks spectacular with its freshly planted flower beds. Citizens recently came out, offering hours to volunteer to plant hundreds of impatiens, petunias and marigolds.

Through "Operation: We Remember," Veterans Memorial Park had been completely restored in 2016,  paid for by private donations and a Union County matching grant behind the tireless effort of former committee chair Ted Romankow and Veterans Memorial Park committee members.  

This Monday, set aside time to "Pause and Remember" and observe the memory of the deceased members of the military who fought in all the wars engaged in by the United States by attending the Berkeley Heights Memorial Day Parade.

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Veteran Douglas Thomas Garno, who served as a Major in the Air Force during Korean from 1951 to 1956, will serve as the Grand Marshall for the Township’s 2017 Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony.

The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and proceed down the following route:

  • Step off at the VFW Post 6259 on Locust Avenue
  • Turn right onto Snyder Avenue
  • Turn left at Springfield Avenue
  • Turn left at Plainfield Avenue and go directly to Veterans Memorial Park for ceremony

Music will be provided by the Gov. Livingston High School Highlander Band, Hickory Tree Chorus, and Elefante Music Memorial Day Quartet. 

Hot dogs, Rita's Ice and water will be served following the ceremony. The parade is presented by the Berkeley Heights Recreation Special Events Committee and the work of Recreation Director Tom Barton, Dennis Ryan, and Berkeley Heights DPW Department and many volunteers.

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