BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28, barring bad weather – and at the moment the forecast is for heavy clouds and no rain,

Last year the Memorial Day Parade became a Memorial Day Ceremony in Town Hall because of bad weather. And, in 2016, when the Veterans Memorial Park was to have been dedicated on Memorial Day, rain forced organizers to cancel the parade and the dedication was held June 4.

Ever hopeful, parade participants will begin gathering on Locust Avenue, east of Snyder Avenue, towards the Community Pool, at 8:45 a.m. In 2015, the last time the parade was held on Memorial Day, participants included 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.

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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. There will be commemorative presentations, including the Quilt of Valor, a few remarks, and musical performances. Refreshments will follow.

Hometown Hero banners, many of them new this year, will 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. It is a day of friendship and community spirit that brings citizens of all ages together to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

This year, donations are welcome to support the services and programs of VFW Post #6259. Volunteers will be on site to share how residents can help support our local Veterans.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if bad weather is predicted, check in with TAPinto Berkeley Heights for information on what time and where the Memorial Day Ceremony will be held. In the meantime, be optimistic -- third time's the charm.