WARREN, NJ - Memorial Day 2020 is unlike any in the recent past. Due to the pandemic, parades were canceled, streets were empty, and no bands played.

But some things remain the same. Socially distanced outdoor gatherings of 25 are now permitted and Warren Township held a ceremony on Memorial Day at 10 am to present a wreath at the Veterans Memorial in the municipal courtyard to honor all veterans who have given their lives in defense of our nation.  

Memorial Day is a time for many to reflect on the sacrifices and services of the American soldiers and veterans and the U.S. military men and women and express appreciation, support and prayers. 

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Warren Township Mayor Mick Marion, Deputy Mayor George Lazo, and Councilman Gary DiNardo were in attendance as well as the American Legion Post 293 commander and honor guard. See TAPinto video

Marion said,” Memorial Day is a day to honor those brave heroes who paid the ultimate price while fighting for our beautiful country and the freedoms we tend to take for granted. It is a day for all Americans to say,” We are grateful for you” and most importantly “ We haven’t forgotten you.”

“With quarantines and isolation that have been necessary to fight this new invisible enemy known as Coronavirus, I believe now, possibly more than ever, we have come to appreciate those freedoms that we usually enjoy as Americans.

As things are starting to open up again and many restrictions are being lifted, let’s all remember the sacrifices our service men and women made for every one of us as we begin to enjoy those freedoms once again.

Driving around this past week, I am so heartened to see all of the American flags flying proudly through Warren Township. 

On behalf of the Township Committee, I want to thank everyone for participating in our 1000 Flags for Memorial Day Challenge and for flying those flags to say, “we haven’t forgotten you.” May God Bless everyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one today. Be strong and cherish the happy memories.”See TAPinto video

The words 'United We Stand' and 'God Bless America' still hold the power to stir hearts. 

See TAPinto video Raising the Flag

Freedom isn't free. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – Harry S. Truman

“As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.” - Ronald Reagan


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