BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 27 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thanks to volunteers and generous donations, Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of Plainfield and Park Avenues has fresh plantings for Memorial Day and is ready for the ceremony and festivities.   

Dr. Patrick Smith on behalf of the Smith Chirporactic Foundation and the Berkeley Heights 5K presented Ted Romankow a check for $1,000 on Friday for the continued maintenance of the park. 

"On behalf the committee, we again thank the Smith Chiropractic Foundation for maintaining and helping us to continue with this wonderful project," said Romankow. Thanks to in-kind donations and Bob Adams of A&L, who provided the labor of the plantings, the park remains a beautiful centerpiece for Memorial Day.

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The parade participants will begin gathering on Locust Avenue, east of Snyder Avenue, towards the Community Pool, at 8:45 a.m. Participants include Girl and Boy scouts, members of VFW Post #6259, equipment and members of the Fire and Police departments, and Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Highlander’s Marching Band, antique and military vehicles, including a jeep, municipal employees and officials and more.

The parade steps off at 9:30 a.m., and will proceed down Snyder Avenue, go along Springfield Avenue, turn onto Plainfield Avenue, ending at Veterans Memorial Park. Great viewing is available along the route and many residents bring chairs, to make sure they have a front row seat. Youngsters often sit on the curb, waving small American flags.

At the park, members of VFW Post # 6259 will honor those who have sacrificed their lives in the service to the country. Refreshments will follow.

Hometown Hero banners, many of them new this year, line the way to the park. The banners are part of the Veterans Memorial Park Operation: We Remember Program. 

The Memorial Day Program is made possible by the collaboration of volunteers of the Berkeley Heights Special Events Committee, the Veterans Memorial Park Committee, and VFW Post #6259 along with the Recreation, Police and Fire Departments, Rescue Squad, DPW, and Municipal elected officials and staff.