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Hillsborough VFW Salutes Veterans on Traditional Memorial Day

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Hillsborough VFW Post 8371 Commander Tom Cellilli places a memorial wreath at the Garden of Honor. Credits: Courtesy Tom Cellilli
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Members of Hillsborough VFW Post 8371 and their spouses gather at the Garden of Honor in Hillsborough on Memorial Day. Credits: Courtesy Tom Cellilli
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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The 150th Anniversary of Memorial Day was commemorated Wednesday, May 30 by members of Hillsborough Memorial VFW Post # 8371 in a ceremony at the Hillsborough Municipal Building’s Garden of Honor.

The ceremony was highlighted by Past Post Commander Ron Miller’s reading of General John A. Logan’s General Order No. 11 establishing that May 30, 1868 was designated as Decoration Day which was later changed to Memorial Day.

After a reading asking for a divine blessing for veterans and their families who lost their lives in defense of our country, a wreath was placed by Post Commander Tom Cellilli

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“In memory of the heroic dead who have fallen in defense of the United States of America I place this tribute of our devotion and everlasting remembrance,” Cellilli said.  

The ceremonies concluded with an Honor Guard composed of five Post members firing three rounds of blanks and the playing of Taps. In addition to several Post members, the ceremony was attended by Police Chief Darren Powell and several spouses of Post members.

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