PISCATAWAY, NJ – Township families and friends did not let rain and chilly temperatures stop them from gathering Monday morning for the annual Piscataway Memorial Day services and parade in honor of members of the military who lost their lives fighting in wars.
The day began at 9:00 a.m. at Possumtown Park’s Veterans Memorial Park where members of Boy Scout Troop 20 led a flag ceremony, followed by words of remembrance and dedication from Mayor Brian Wahler and veterans who fought alongside fallen soldiers from the Korean and Viet-Nam Wars.
A moment of silence was later observed at the American Legion Post 261 on South Washington Ave. where veterans from the New York-New Jersey Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division Association lowered the posts’ flags to half-mast as the color guard fired three shots, and a bugler played Taps in salute to the sacrifices made by those lost to war, fighting for America’s freedom.
But by 11:00 a.m. the rain became lighter and eventually ended, and Piscataway residents started to line the parade route along West 7th Street and South Washington Ave., some sitting under umbrellas or huddling together for warmth.
Cheers and applause could be heard as veterans, township and county government officials, police, fire and rescue units, and staff members from area businesses and the Piscataway Senior Center marched by, tossing handfuls of candy to the spectators.
The PHS SuperChiefs marching band played familiar tunes, and local Girl and Boy Scout Troops marched in their full uniforms, displaying the colorful patches and awards they have earned.
“This is a family tradition,” said one enthusiastic parade-goer. “We would be out here rain or shine.”
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