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Millburn Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies Honor the Fallen

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Troop 17 of St. Rose of Lima parades the National ensign down Millburn Ave. at the Memorial Day Parade. Credits: Brad Klein
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Getting ready to march in the parade. Credits: Brad Klein
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Parade spectators line Millburn Ave., despite the rain. Credits: Brad Klein
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Bill Keating, of the American Legion, leads the parade. Credits: Brad Klein
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(l to r): F/F Shane McAlinden, F/F Joseph Odee, F/F Marcos Valentin and F/F Roberto Villarreal-Rios. The four firefighters leading the parade are also veterans of the USMC and Army. Credits: Brad Klein
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Cub Scout Pack 1 from Christ Church. Credits: Brad Klein
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The Emerald Society of Essex County, NJ. www.essexcountyemeralds.com Credits: Brad Klein
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The Emerald Society of Essex County, NJ Credits: Brad Klein
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Millburn Institute of Talent, a Chinese language school based in Millburn, NJ. www.millburntalent.org Credits: Brad Klein
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Cub Scout Pack 17 of St. Rose of Lima Credits: Brad Klein
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Wyoming Troop 20603 Credits: Brad Klein
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Girl Scouts of Millburn/Short Hills Credits: Brad Klein
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Millburn/Short Hills Chinese Association, a nonprofit cultural organization based in Short Hills. www.millburnchinese.membershiptoolkit.com/ Credits: Brad Klein
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Millburn/Short Hills Desi Club, a nonprofit cultural organization based in Short Hills. www.facebook.com/groups/MSHDC/ Credits: Brad Klein
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Millburn/Short Hills Fourth of July Committee, a nonprofit organization that sponsors Independence Day events and fireworks for Millburn Township. www.mshjuly4th.com Credits: Brad Klein
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Daisy Troop 20148 Credits: Brad Klein
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Millburn/Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad provides emergency services to the Township. The squad operates solely on donations to serve the residents of Millburn Township. www.mshvfas.org Credits: Brad Klein
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Master of Ceremonies Rick Dority from the American Legion. Credits: Brad Klein
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Millburn Firefighter Shane McAlinden Credits: Brad Klein
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Millburn Township girls rendering honors at the ceremony in Taylor Park Credits: Brad Klein
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Millburn Firefighter Augustin Muresan with his son Adrian. F/F Muresan served in the U.S. Army. Credits: Brad Klein
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Pack 17 Scout Master Joe Smith rendering honors with his scouts at the Taylor Park ceremony. Credits: Brad Klein
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Millburn firefighters rendering honors. Credits: Brad Klein
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Boy Scouts of Troop 17 Credits: Brad Klein
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Christ Church Nursery School student Loveday Sym Credits: Brad Klein
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Navy supporter at Taylor Park Credits: Brad Klein
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Chatham Community Band, a nonprofit organization providing music for the ceremonies. www.chathamcommunityband.org Credits: Brad Klein
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Chatham Community Band Credits: Brad Klein
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Memorial Day ceremony at Taylor Park, Millburn. Credits: Brad Klein
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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

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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.

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