BLOOMFIELD, NJ – With the annual Bloomfield Memorial Day Parade cancelled due to COVID-19, the township carried on with their Wreath Dedication Ceremony on Monday morning starting at the Civic Center and ending at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
The event was be closed to the public but later broadcast on WBMA-TV.
“The Bloomfield Memorial Day Parade is something that I look forward to every year,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I am disappointed that I won’t be able to see all of our residents this year, but our Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and our Police put on an outstanding ceremony to honor all the lives we lost defending our freedom. Thank you to everyone involved as it is so important to continue to honor our fallen heroes even at a time of crisis.”
The ceremony began with a wreath dedication ceremony at the Civic Center, followed by the Bloomfield Police Department Color Guard leading a walking procession to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
Two VFW members walked with the Honor Guard and laid the wreath on the monument.
A 21-gun salute was conducted by the Police Department, with two members of the Bloomfield Civic Band will playing Taps.
Speeches from Mayor Venezia and a township veteran were pre-recorded prior to the event and included in the final footage.
The Bloomfield Boy Scout Troops honored fallen veterans by hanging red, white and blue bows on every veteran street sign throughout town.
"The Boy Scouts usually place flags on veteran gravesites at Glendale Cemetery each year," said Michael Sceurman, Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs. "With such uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, I thought it would be a nice way to keep them involved in our Memorial Day celebration."