FAIR LAWN, NJ - Monday, May 25, 2020 is Memorial Day. Though this year's parade was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the holiday itself is not.

The Borough is looking into holding a parade event in the Fall. No details are available at this time.

Though the parade is postponed, the holiday itself should continue to be used as a day to reflect and remember the sacrifices of the 47 Fair Lawn residents and the over 1,300,000 American citizens who have paid the Ultimate Sacrifice for our freedom.

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The Borough is displaying the military and veteran banners as announced in the beginning of the year. The 150 banners are along Fair Lawn Avenue, River Road and other major roadways. The banners will be displayed until September. 

Photo: Row 1: Harry Cappendyck, Daniel Yeomans, Richard Drager, Roger Lawn; Row 2: John Ferrara, Alexander Hossack, Albert Montick, Albert Carchio; Row 3: Bruce Bode, Nicholas Van Handel, John Immerman, Patrick Campbell; Row 4: Allen Geib, John Lamanna, Lawrence Mahurter

Memorial Day, which was previously called Decoration Day, is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Though often confused with Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day, the purpose of the holiday is to reflect upon the sacrifices made by these brave individuals to protect our Country, our Rights and our Freedom.

This weekend, as the beaches of New Jersey reopen, and we spend time with our loved ones, please stop and think of the women and men that have given so much.

Instead of saying, "Happy Memorial Day" or "Thank you for your service", simply say, "We Remember".

Since the time that the Borough of Fair Lawn became incorporated, we have lost Forty-Seven residents. Please take a moment to read the names of our fallen:

"REMEMBER THE 47"

World War I:

Harry Cappendyck - Army - October 8, 1918

Daniel Yeomans - Army - October 8, 1918

Charles Marshner - Army - October 14, 1918

World War II:

Ellsworth Smith - Army - September 9, 1942

William M. Cozine - Air Force - February 6, 1943

James I. Platt - Army - February 22, 1943

Charles Patalon - Navy - March 2, 1943

William De Young - Army - June 23, 1943

Andrew D'Arienzo - Army - September 1, 1943

Richard D. Drager - Air Force - November 16, 1943

James V. Guastella - Air Force - November 27, 1943

Maynard N. Reese - Air Force - December 22, 1943

Edward Vervaet - Army - February 5, 1944

William Mac Fadden - Army - February 17, 1944

Rene Van Den Driesse - Air Force - March 16, 1944

Andrew Ter Waarbeck - Army - March 20, 1944

Roger Lawn - Army - May 20, 1944

Frank Gennaro - Army - June 8, 1944

William Hodde - Army - July 6, 1944

John Telschow - Army - July 6, 1944

John P. Gomez - Army - July 10, 1944

Wilmer Lyons - Navy - October 2, 1944

John P. Ferrara - Army - October 2, 1944

Joh A. Fryga - Army - October 5, 1944

Stefan J. Laskowski - Navy - October 13, 1944

Alexander G. Hossack - Army - December 21, 1944

Gorson Tomea Jr. - Air Force - December 24, 1944

Albert Montick - Air Force - December 29, 1944

Theodore Eberding - Marines - January 2, 1945

Vincent K. Scanlan - Army - January 21, 1945

Albert J. Carchio - Army - January 23, 1945

Bruce H. Bode - Air Force - February 2, 1945

Albert Hallam - Army - March 2, 1945

Nicholas Van Handel - Army - March 3, 1945

Theodore Wiech - Army - March 6, 1945

Joseph M. Immerman - Army - March 12, 1945

Frederick Dallas - Air Force - March 24, 1945

William J. Christen - Army - May 15, 1945

Anthony Bonanduci - Army - June 13, 1945

Korea:

Joseph P. Van Hook - Army - September 1, 1952

John J. Youngsman - Marines - October 15, 1952

Vietnam:

Roderick J. Vance - Army - June 16, 1966

Robert C. Hauser - Army - September 24, 1966

Patrick F. Campbell - Marines - October 8, 1966

Allen P. Geib - Army - January 26, 1968

John Lamanna - Marines - February 1, 1969

Lawrence W. Mahurter - Army - April 27, 1969