MILLBURN, NJ - Parade marchers and spectators lined Millburn Ave. to pay respects to our Nation's fallen, despite the inclement weather. Millburn's American Legion Post #140 sponsors the annual march with the support of many community organizations including the Millburn Police and Fire Departments, local area scouts and cultural societies.
This year's Grand Marshall is Jake Dalton. During World War II, Petty Officer Dalton served in the Pacific as an Aviation Ordnanceman. He enlisted in the Navy after graduating from Millburn High School in 1943. Dalton is a long time resident of Millburn and an integral part of the community. He is a past recipient of numerous community service awards for his years of volunteer service to the Township. Awards include the District Merit Award from the Boy Scouts, the Julia Lawrence Terry Award from New Eyes for the Needy, the Patriot Award from the Millburn/Short Hills 4th of July Committee and the Community Service Award from the Millburn Township Committee.
Earlier in the day, there was flag raising ceremony at Town Hall and two remembrance ceremonies at cemeteries of St. Stephen's and at St. Rose of Lima churches. In attendance were Township Committee members Robert Tillotson and Jodi Rosenberg, Board of Education President Emily Jaffe, American Legion Commander Robert Brown, American Legion officer Anthony Magnotta, Navy Captain (Select) Robert Hughes, Navy Commander Jonathan Sym and Navy Petty Officer Albert Bruan. They were joined by Millburn Fire Chief Robert Echavarria, Sergeant Michael Fattal and several members of the Millburn Fire and Police Departments. To view photos from those events, please visit https://www.tapinto.net/towns/millburn-slash-short-hills/sections/government/articles/photo-coverage-memorial-day-in-millburn
Marching in the parade were the Millburn Police Department, American Legion Post #140, Grand Marshall Jake Dalton, Township Committeewoman Jodi Rosenberg, The Emerald Society of Essex County, Boy Scout Troop 17 and Cub Scout Pack 17 of St. Rose of Lima, Cub Scout Pack 1 of Christ Church, Millburn/Short Hills Girl Scouts, Wyoming Troop 20603, Daisy Troop 20148, Millburn/Short Hills Fourth of July Committee, The Metropolitan Festival Band, Millburn Institute of Talent, Millburn/Short Hills Chinese Association, Millburn/Short Hills Desi Club, Millburn/Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad and the Millburn Fire Department. Millburn Township resident CDR Jonathan Sym was this year's parade announcer.
After the parade, a remembrance ceremony was held at Taylor Park led by American Legion's Rick Dority who officiated all the ceremonies earlier in the day. The Chatham Community Band opened the ceremony with the playing of patriotic tunes and closed with comments by parade organizers and local officials.
Following the ceremony, the public enjoyed a BBQ, compliments of the American Legion, at the post on Main St.