BELMAR, NJ — Their beauty is fleeting, but well worth the wait. The cherry trees in Belmar’s memorial park on Main Street are in full bloom, bursting in delicate light pink blossoms that stretch for a block from 12th to 13th Avenues.
The flower-covered branches have created a canopy of pink over “Memorial Row” — home to several war monuments and benches honoring the borough’s heroes of the armed forces and the Belmar Fire Department’s commemorative bell.
The cherry trees have thrived since being planted by the Belmar Shade Tree Commission sometime in the 1990s, said former Mayor Brian Magovern, who serves as town historian. They also complement another 14 towering trees planted in memory of the Belmar men who died in service during World War II — and whose names adorn the park’s centerpiece monument.
The park — the site of the borough's annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances — is located across from the U.S. Post Office on Main Street and the Belmar Elementary School on 12th Avenue.
Make sure to get a peek of the trees — and maybe a selfie — before the blossoms’ short-lived reign ends.