HAWTHORNE, NJ - The borough of Hawthorne announced its Memorial Day plans which will be altered from previous years due to the continuing pandemic. In 2020, the town's beloved parade was canceled. There will be no parade this year, either, but there will be a special Memorial Day Service held in front of the Municipal Building at noon.
Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-LD25) will be the guest speaker at the service. The borough said that the assemblyman, "is a combat veteran, serving in the U.S. Army for eight years after graduating the United States Military Academy at West Point. During his time in the military, Assemblyman Bergen served as an officer, company commander, and Apache helicopter pilot – an assignment that earned him a Bronze Star. Assemblyman Bergen is a member of the VFW and American Legion and a former councilman in Denville Township."
The Amy Hamilton-Soto String Quartet is scheduled to perform with Ms. Julie Minicozzi as well. Once the service is concluded, the Hawthorne Caballeros will have a "mini-concert" to close the occasion.
"This year due to COVID-19 restrictions," the borough said in a statement, "the veterans will not be distributing poppies as part of their annual drive, but will accept donations that day at Borough Hall where poppies will be available to pick up."