CRANFORD – More than 325 Girl Scouts of Cranford participated in a coordinated effort to honor the 86 Cranford residents who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

At 10:00 a.m. on Memorial Day, the uniformed Girl Scouts appeared on their front steps, porches, and lawns of their homes to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and held signs depicting the names of the veterans. Of the Cranford residents who have served in the military, there are 86 who perished as a result of fulfilling their duties.

According to the release, Girl Scouts from multiple troops recited the Pledge and sang God Bless America at a township residence. The scene drew neighbors to their front steps for a moment of reflection and appreciation. Social distancing was practiced when small groups gathered. 

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The Girl Scout effort was part of the township’s Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony, which included a small private ceremony with township officials and members of VFW Post 335. Representatives of the Cranford Police and Fire Departments laid wreaths of remembrance at several Cranford parks. Parts of the morning activities were live-streamed on the TV35 Facebook page.

“The Girl Scouts of Cranford are always honored to participate in the annual township Memorial Day parade. When that event needed to be canceled due to COVID-19, we developed this alternative as a way to ensure our unit still paid tribute to our hometown heroes,” explained Elayna Torsone, manager of Girl Scouts of Cranford Service Unit 48. “Our troops stepped up with overwhelming support for the plan and girls from every age group participated. In a time when we are required to be apart for our greater good, it felt amazing to come together in both spirit and action.”

The Girl Scouts of Cranford boasts over 1,139 Girl Scout Members in 71 troops and Juliette’s, making it one of the largest non-profit organizations in town. The Cranford Service Unit is a part of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) Council, which is part of the Girl Scouts of the USA. If your family is interested in learning more about local Girl Scouts or to find out more information on the Girls Scouts of Cranford, please visit www.cranfordgirlscouts.com.