ELIZABETH/ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. While many residents will be heading to the beach this Memorial Day weekend, a large number will also commemorate Memorial Day with local parades and ceremonies. Here is a guide to the upcoming Memorial Day parades and services in our area. 

Elizabeth: On Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m., members of the Elizabeth Firemen’s Association will hold the annual memorial service for deceased firemen. The service will honor all firemen who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony will take place at the Union County Courthouse on Broad Street.

Following that event at 11 a.m., the community and city dignitaries will gather to honor fallen heroes at the City of Elizabeth’s Memorial Day Service. The ceremony will be held in Winfield Scott Park, across the street from City Hall.

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Roselle: Roselle will celebrate this day or remembrance with the Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. The Parade will begin at the corner od East Second Street and Harrison Ave. and proceed west on to Chestnut Street past Borough Hall and end at Fourth Ave. at the Roselle Public Library. 

A Memorial Service will be held at the Library following the Parade. 

Roselle Park: The Borough of Roselle Park will be holding its Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. The Parade will begin at the Sherman School on East Grant Avenue and proceed past the reviewing stand on Chestnut Street and the corner of East Grant Avenue and ending on the grounds of the Veterans’ Memorial Library.

Immediately after the parade, a memorial service will be held at the library to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country. 

After the service, Mayor Signorello and Borough Council will host a town picnic at the Casano Community Center.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday, marking the passing of members of the armed forces that died during service. Initially, the holiday was called Decoration Day and began in 1868, following the conclusion on the American Civil War.

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