RANDOLPH, NJ- Members of Randolph VFW Post 7333 made sure that the Memorial Day Holiday received its due honor this past weekend, as they do every year.

On Thursday, May 23, they kicked off the weekend with their annual Flag Placement on the graves of every former servicemember in all seven cemeteries in town, taking a brief moment to salute each fallen comrade.

Then on Memorial Day Monday, the Post held their annual ceremony with close to 250 residents in attendance.

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Randolph Mayor Jim Loveys attended the service, along with Deputy Mayor Christine Carey, Councilman Mark Forstenhausler, and Township Manager Steve Mountain. Morris County Freeholder John Krickus.

“It’s important that we all come together as one in tribute to all our service members who have laid down their lives in defense of our great nation,” said Loveys, as he addressed the crowd.  “They sacrificed, putting aside personal ambitions and dreams, and they died so that we may continue to live in freedom.”

After Loveys, VFW Post Commander Scott Montanio took some time to speak.

“As we enjoy living in the land of the free and the home of the brave, we must continue to remind all Americans that there is no freedom without bravery; and those who we honor today were brave when it counted the most,” said Montanio.  “What this very special day is all about, is to be thankful that these brave men and women lived, and to pay tribute to those who bravely fought for something greater than themselves, protecting a home to which they never returned.”

After the chaplains’ prayer, and the placing of flowers on the monument at the base of the flagpole, a gun salute and the playing of Taps concluded the ceremony.