HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Uncle Sam joined with local officials Saturday under a bright blue sky to honor America's veterans and to salute dozens of community organizations that marched in the annual Memorial Day Parade.

Mayor Gloria McCauley and members of the Township Committee, along with state Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-16th), a township resident, walked along the parade route handing out miniature American flags.

The Hillsborough Township Police Honor Guard led the parade, followed by the Hillsborough High School Marching Band.

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There was a long line of firetrucks and emergency vehicles, and classic and antique automobiles. Restored Army vehicles owned and driven by members of the Central Jersey Motor Pool served as a reminder of pst conflicts that involved American military.

Grand Marshal Tim Coyle, a township resident for 27 years who served in the Air Force from 1966-70, spoke at the ceremonies held at the Garden of Honor in the Peter J. Biondi municipal complex after the parade had concluded.

"Take three deep breaths - that's the smell of freedom,' Coyle said as he paid tribute to his fellow veterans for the job they have done protecting America since 1776 when the fledgling nation declared its independence from Great Britain.

Coyle also reminded those assembled at the Garden of Honor that there remain 82,000 American troops missing in action from several conflicts in which America has fought over the years.

"We will never stop looking for them, and we will never forget them" he said.

Coyle also invoked the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower:

"The home of the free, because of the brave."