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.
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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