HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek did not want to let Memorial Day 2020 pass without remembering the meaning behind the day. Memorial Day is a federal holiday, marking the passing of members of the armed forces that died during service. Initially, the holiday was called Decoration Day and began in 1868, following the conclusion on the American Civil War. It is also the unofficial start of summer. However, with New Jersey and the globe in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, Memorial Day and the upcoming summer will look and feel very differently this year.

The mayor is inviting residents to a Dedicated Dogs Memorial Day Drive-Thru at the Borough Hall parking lot on Monday, May 25 from noon until 2 p.m. to kick off the dog days of summer. Each resident will receive a free hot dog, chips, soda and sweet on a first-come-first-serve basis. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect for this event.