PISCATAWAY, NJ – As the nation paid homage to the lives and memories of those lost in battle as members of the U.S. armed forces on Memorial Day, so too did Piscataway with tribute services at Possumtown Park and the American Legion, followed by the township’s annual parade and a family fun event.

“Like many towns across this great country, Piscataway has also sent its sons and daughters off to war,” said Mayor Brian Wahler at the Veterans Memorial in Possumtown Park. “Some left their homes to serve in uniform and never came back, from Holmes Marshall in World War I to Jeffrey Burn in the Vietnam War.”

A bugler from the 101st Airborne played ‘Taps’ as members of Boy Scout Troop 20 lowered the American Flag to half-mast.

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“For those who thankfully return home, many bear scars, some seen and some unseen,” Wahler continued. “Can we ever repay this debt or convey our full appreciation?”

“We stand in the midst of patriots and the family and friends of those who have served nobly,” said parade Grand Marshal, Patricia McElhaney of the American Legion Auxillary of New Jersey. “The service members we honor today came from all walks of life but shared several qualities. They possessed courage, pride, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity, all qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one’s self.”

Memorial Day tributes to veterans and those lost to war continued at the American Legion Post # 261 on S. Washington Ave, followed by the annual Piscataway Township Parade.

Led by Grand Marshal McElhaney, Parade Queen Isabella Scott, Poppy Princess Leah Mendoza, Poppy Paige Norah Turner and Piscataway Red Wagon Kids, Dominick & Jace Centanni, the parade began in front of Arbor Fire House on West 7th Street and turned onto South Washington Ave. towards Columbus Park.

Various businesses and churches sang and danced along the way, and the Piscataway Superchiefs Marching Band played parade favorites.

County and local political leaders and community groups including members of the township’s Senior Center, the Elks, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and youth sports teams tossed candy to friends and neighbors who cheered from the sides of the parade route.

Marchers paused briefly by a reviewing stand in front of Quibbletown Middle School before ending at the American Legion where 5,000 complimentary hot dogs were waiting for anyone who wanted lunch.

Later, the Piscataway Rotary Club hosted its 2nd Annual Memorial Day Family Event in Quibbletown Park which included a "flags-in" ceremony and tribute to veterans, basketball games, children’s crafts and bouncy house, a rock-climbing wall, music, and complimentary food and drinks.

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