Photos: Memorial Day Ceremonies in Hasbrouck Heights

Poppies were laid along side the base of the Veterans Memorial Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Veterans assembled for a photo at the end of the ceremony Credits: Ernie Lopez
Michael Cahill (center left) and American Legion Post 106 Commander James B. Scharr Credits: Ernie Lopez
Michael Cahill (center) read the roll call of veterans while Michael Sickels (left blue shirt) responded absent to signify their passing. Credits: Ernie Lopez
Conchita Parker sang the national anthem. Credits: Ernie Lopez
The American Legion Flag Bearer Credits: Ernie Lopez
Pastor Eric Dammon of the Bible Baptist Church gave the Invocation. Credits: Ernie Lopez
Mayor Jack DeLorenzo spoke of rememering those who made the "ultimate sacrifice." Credits: Ernie Lopez
Bands provided music along the parade route. Credits: Ernie Lopez
Hasbrouck Heights Boy Scout Troup 17 took part in the festivities. Credits: Ernie Lopez
Classic cars also rolled down Terrace Ave. Credits: Ernie Lopez
A classic car with the thought of the day to honor those who serve. Credits: Ernie Lopez
Hasbrouck Heights Council Members Chris Hillman, David Gonzalez, Josephine Ciocia and Russell Lipari walking the parade route on Terrace Avenue Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Cub Scouts also joined in the Parade. Credits: Ernie Lopez
Reverend Patrick Mulewski of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church gave the benediction at the Veteran Memorial Service. Credits: Ernie Lopez
Edmund Carter presided over the ceremony at the Fireman's Memorial Credits: Ernie Lopez
Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department Chief Angelo Roccamo. Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department Honor Guard Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Hasbrouck Heights Girl Scouts marched as well. Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Hasbrouck Heights Color Guard and Marching Band provided musical accompanyment to the parade. Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department Honor Guard marches toward Memorial Park. Credits: Ernie Lopez
Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department marching in the Memorial Day Parade Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Hasbrouck Heights Police Honor Guard Credits: Ernie Lopez
Veterans showed pride in the branches they represented Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Hasbrouck Heights marched in the parade Credits: Ernie Lopez
Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Jack DeLorenzo at the Fireman's Memorial. Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Hasbrouck Heights Marching Band Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Hasbrouck Heights Mayor and Council during the National Anthem Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Hasbrouck Heights Girl scouts Credits: Ernie Lopez
Justin Watrell read the names of all those who served in the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department who have passed. Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Boys Scouts Salute during the National Anthem Credits: Ernie Lopez
The Hasbrouck Heights Trumpet and Persussion section Credits: Ernie Lopez
Members of the Hasbrouck Heights VFW Post 4591. Credits: Ernie Lopez
Hasbrouck Heights High School Senior Michelle Schwartz plays "Taps". Credits: Ernie Lopez

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  The annual Hasbrouck Heights Memorial Day Parade featured  honor guards, marching bands, scouts, fire engines and, yes, even a few classic cars.  But primarily it was a somber remembrance of those who soldiers who served, who made the ultimate sacrifice, and those who passed during the year.

This year’s parade was organized by the American Legion, Post 106.  The parade organization alternates between the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4591 each year.

After a march down Terrace Avenue to Veterans Memorial Park, Commander James B. Scarr, Post 106, and Michael Cahill greeted the crowd. Following opening remarks and Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem was led by Conchita Parker.

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The Invocation was given by Reverend Eric Dammann of Bible Baptist Church, followed by remarks from Hasbrouck Heights Mayor John DeLorenzo.  

Cahill read the roll call of Veterans, with the response of “Absent” read for each of the deceased veterans by Michael Sickels of VFW Post 4591.  

There was a placing of wreaths by the Mayor and Council, and placing of poppies by the Veterans Posts and Auxiliaries.

The Final Salute, "Taps," was played by Hasbrouck Heights High School band member, Michelle Schwartz , after the final benediction from Reverend Patrick Mulewski of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church.

Following a brief recess, the Memorial Service continued to the Fireman’s Memorial at the Boulevard and Circle.

Edmund Carter III was the Master of Ceremonies, and greeted and thanked all those who came up to the Fireman’s Memorial, and introduced Hasbrouck Heights Fire Chief Angelo Roccamo, who spoke briefly, thanking the crowd..  Fire commissioner Ron Kistner and Mayor DeLorenzo also briefly addressed the crowd, thanking the volunteers for their dedication to the community.

Justin Watrell read a listing of all of the Fire Department personnel who served Hasbrouck Heights and had passed, with a ceremonial tolling of a bell after the reading of names.

"Taps" was once again played by Schwartz, as the ceremony came to a conclusion.


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