LIVINGSTON, NJ — A commemorative service for those who have died defending the United States preceded the annual Memorial Day Parade in Livingston on Monday, which traveled north on S. Livingston Avenue as scheduled despite the rainy weather.

Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein was enthusiastic that the township was able to hold its Memorial Day ceremony and parade, stating that the day is “enjoyed as a perfect slice of Americana—wholesome, innocent and patriotic,” but that Memorial Day in Livingston “serves a more important function.”

“Memorial Day should not be seen as the un-official start of summer,” he said. “Rather, it is a day we set aside each year to remember those who have served and defended our country. We could and would not have this greatest country on Earth if not for those who have sacrificed so much and we thank them and honor them with all of our hearts.”

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Some of the many organizations represented at the parade included the Livingston Police and Fire Departments and First Aid Squad; the Livingston High School marching band, Eco Lancers and Lancer Robotics; VFW American Legion and JWV Color Guards; VFW Arthur Smith Post; VFW Ladies Auxiliary; Jewish War Veterans; American Legion; Vietnam Veterans; and more.

The rain also did not stop LTV from covering the celebrations, as LTV members (alumni, town residents, and current LHS Students) gathered to broadcast both the ceremony and the parade. The crew gathered at the high school at 5:30 a.m. to ensure that residents who did not want to venture out in the rain could still enjoy the parade.

"This event is always my favorite because not only does it showcase the best of Livingston, but both LHS Alumni and current LHS Students work together to produce the broadcast," said Jon Aronoff, current LTV board member and Parade Commentator.

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The 2017 Memorial Day Parade Line of March was as follows:

Livingston Police Department

Livingston High School Band

VFW, American Legion and JWV Color Guards

VFW Arthur E. Smith Post

VFW Ladies Auxiliary

Jewish War Veterans

American Legion

Vietnam Veterans

Miss Buddy Poppy

Grand Marshal

Patriot Brass Band Ensemble

National Guard Army Veterans

Uptown String Band

Livingston High School EcoLancers

Livingston High School Lancer Robotics

Hybrid Cars

Township Officials

Livingston Board of Education

Township Organizations

Pipe Band

Livingston Fire Department

Livingston First Aid Squad

Horseneck Motorcycle Riding Club

Livingston Collision

Paneks Service Center

Community Organizations

Livingston Clergy Association

Aardvark Clowns


Kiwanis Club of Livingston

Knights of Columbus

Paul & Pals Band

Livingston Elks Lodge #1855

Arts Council of Livingston with Children’s Theatre

Livingston Democrats

Livingston Public Library

Truck Dixie Land Band – Melford

Life Committee

Livingston Asian Indians

Livingston Chinese Association

Hauxia School

Livingston Chinese School – Lion Dance Group

Full Gospel Church

Livingston Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Sanskriti of New Jersey

Patriots Brass Band

Martial Arts/Karate School

Livingston Republican Organization

Livingston Lions Club

Livingston Philippine Association

Livingston Indian School

Beth Messiah Congregation

Living Stone Christian Church

Master Yoon’s Tae Kwon Do

Youth Associations

St. Ann’s of Hampton’s Pipe and Drum

SYLS Baton Twirlers

Aquinas Academy

Elementary Schools – Harrison and Collins

New York city Mariachi

Livingston Soccer Club

Livingston Jr. Lancer Lacrosse League

Livingston Lancers Football and Cheer


Girl Scouts

Cub Scouts Pack 16

Boy Scouts – Troops 12 & 16

Cub Pack 107 – West Orange

Cub Scout Pack 365 – B’nai Shalom – West Orange

28th South Mountain, BPSA – New co-ed scout group


Because there was no garbage collection on Monday, those whose normal garbage collection day is Monday will have their garbage picked up on Thursday, June 1.

Monday’s recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, May 30; Tuesday’s recycling moves to Wednesday, May 31; Wednesday’s recycling moves to Thursday, June 1; Thursday’s recycling moves to Friday, June 2; and Friday’s recycling will instead be picked up on Saturday, June 3.