BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Locals, veterans, township council members, boy scouts and members of the Bridgewater Township Police Department came out to honor those who gave their lives for the country at the Martinsville VFW's annual Memorial Day ceremony at Chimney Rock Park Monday.

Councilman Allen Kurdyla said they are there to remember all fallen heroes.

"Even though it's raining, all I can say is, 'what a beautiful day,'" he said. "It's a beautiful day because we're here to honor our fallen heroes, the young men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to give us the privilege to be here."

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Col. George Christensen, senior vice commander who gave a special address during the ceremony, said Memorial Day is a holiday that traditionally marks the beginning of summer, but is not a happy occasion for all.

"It's a day when families gather for a picnic, when car dealers mark down their prices and communities provide its citizens with a parade," he said. "However, not all Americans will celebrate this holiday with that same sense of enthusiasm. Some families may not be holding that annual barbecue. Some children may not be holding their father's hand, and some mothers may still be staring at a flag that flies at half staff."

"So today, let's take a moment out of the celebration to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day, and the sacrifices that the military made and continues to make for each and every one of us," he added. "And, as it is said that, 'one must die so others can understand the true value of life,' yet because of this uncertainty we place such a high regard on human life. As we remember these brave warriors and their comrades in arms on Memorial Day, we must look at the future as well as the past."