MILLBURN NJ - It was a beautiful day on May 27 for the annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade ran across downtown Millburn early Monday morning as many of the town’s residents came out to show their support for our fallen veterans. 

Many residents of Millburn and Short Hills watched the yearly parade as it looped through the town’s center. The parade began at 11 a.m. at the Short Hills Train Station and continued through town until it concluded at Taylor Park. Many spectators witnessed the variety of bands, trucks, and marchers on Short Hills Avenue and Millburn Avenue.

At Taylor Park, there were many festivities to help residents take in the powerful day. There were many speeches including one by Millburn Mayor, Sandra Haimoff. Other parade participants included the Essex County Emerald Society Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, the Chatham Community Band.  There was a moment of silence, which was followed by the firing of guns, and members of the Millburn High School Brass Ensemble performed “taps.”

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Part of the ceremony at Taylor Park included a special recognition of three Millburn High Students that were selected by the school’s faculty. The three juniors who were selected demonstrate "good character, citizenship, and leadership."  William Wenik, Josh Hochman, and Zain Shaikh will be sent to Rider University to participate in the “Boys State” Program. The American Legion will sponsor the three juniors. The program highlights civics and government, among other things.

One of the recipients of the award, William Wenik said, “I think it's a great honor to have been selected by the school and by the American Legion to attend the Boys' State program, and I'm really looking forward to learning about how our government works.”  The program will take place on June 16 through June 21 and will be the 68th session of the American Legion “Boys State”, which takes place at Rider University every year.

Prior to the the parade and the ceremony at Taylor Park, there were  two memorial  ceremonies,  one at St. Stephens Cemetery, which began at 9:15 a.m. and another at 9:45 at the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery.

These festivities were all part of the annual Guy R. Bosworth American Legion Post 140 observance of the holiday. 

Mayor, Sandy Haimoff, who helped contribute to the ceremony understands the significance behind the holiday. Haimoff said, “Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer!  But let us remember and never forget those men and women who gave their lives so that we could be free.  We also reflect on those still fighting to insure that we can live in peace and continue to enjoy all that our freedom has to offer.  Our appreciation also goes to their families who carry on without their presence.”

Memorial Day, which is the unofficial start of the summer commemorates American men and Women who have died in service to our country. This remembrance was evident in Millburn’s Memorial day parade, which included Millburn police and firemen, who put their lives on the line to serve not only our town but also our country. Scout troops, town officials, and war veterans were on scene at the parade to add more personal meaning to the annual parade.