LIVINGSTON, NJ - Thousands of Livingston residents dressed in red, white, and blue lined the streets of Livingston as the nation’s veterans marched down South Livingston Avenue at Monday’s Memorial Day Parade. The early morning sun beat down upon the patriotic Livingston families, who waved their American Flags high up in the air.

The program began with a Veteran’s Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. in the Memorial Field Oval. The service commenced with an introduction by speakers including Rabbi Clifford Kulwin, Mayor Michael Silverman, Deputy Mayor Al Anthony and many veterans.

 "A great day in Livingston as we honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, said Anthony. “We must never forget these men and women and every year in Livingston we hold a memorial service and a parade honoring them. The guest speaker this year was particularly moving as 95 year-old Marty Fleisher gave us insight after flying 65 missions in World War II. It was a beautiful day and I was so happy to see so many people come out for the service and line the streets in a great parade. Thanks to all who helped make it happen today."

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Former mayor and town councilman Steve Santola said,” The Memorial Day Parade is a celebration of Livingston volunteers, as well as a time for remembering all those who fought for our country. We remember the patriots who sacrificed their lives for our country.”

“The Memorial Day Parade truly brings together the residents of our town,” said long- time Livingston resident Marla Pinsker. “Livingston always does a fantastic job in helping us pay tribute to the veterans that fought for our country. I am so happy to see all the families come to see the parade and pay their respects. I have been attending ever since my daughters were little girls, and I have no intention of stopping!”

Many Livingston businesses, departments, committees, schools and groups marched and performed as well including Livingston Police Department, Livingston High School Band, VFW Arthur E. Smith Post, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Miss Buddy Poppy, Garden State Band, Grand Marshal, Jewish War Veterans, American Legion, Military Families, Essex County Corrections Officers, Anthony Cilenti Classic Car, Army Vehicles, Sons of the American Revolution, Uptown String Band, Vietnam Veterans, Livingston HS Echo Lancers and Lancer Robotics, Hybrid Cars, Township Officials, Board of Education, Pipe Band, Fire Department, First Aid Squad, Panek’s Service Center, Crawford Classic Cars, Legion of Honor, Director General, Arab Patrol, Potentate & Aides, Ambassadors, Ritual Team, Oriental Band, Clowns, String Band, Motor Corps, Masons/Demolay, Horseneck Motorcycles Riding Club, Livingston Clergy Association, Music-Clowns Aardvark, UNICO, Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, Cornucopia Band, Elks Lodge #1855, Essex Drove of DOES #251, Arts Council of Liv. With Children’s Theatre, Livingston Democrats, Livingston Library, Truck Dixie Land Band—Melford, Life Committee, Livingston Asian Indians, Livingston Chinese Association, Huaxia School, Livingston Chinese School, Full Gospel Church, Livingston Township Committee on Diversity, Patriots Brass Band, Martial Arts/Karate School, Livingston Republican Organization, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Livingston Philippine Association, Livingston Indian School, Beth Messiah Congregations, AAUW, Livingston Youth Community Service Leaders, St. Ann’s of Hampton’s Pip and Drum, Livingston Baton Twirlers, Aquinas Academy, Elementary Schools, NYC Mariachi, Livingston Soccer Club, Livingston Lacrosse, Brownies, 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 and Livingston Safety Town.

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Joey Katz is a student at Livingston High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto.net.