ROXBURY, NJ – COVID-19 can be deadly, but so were the bullets and bombs faced by military personnel who died serving the country.

With that in mind, Roxbury area residents - determined to honor slain veterans despite the COVID-19 cancelation of it Memorial Day parades this year – did what they could.

In Kenvil, a small group gathered at VFW Post 2833 for a somber ceremony that included TAPS played by a Boy Scout and a few words by post Commander John Lehnert.

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Elsewhere in town, students of Franklin Elementary School After Care Program instructor Anita Fehsal followed her request and stepped outside at 10 a.m. to loudly play The National Anthem and sing along.

In Mount Arlington, people looked at images and film clips of past Memorial Days shown in a Virtual Memorial Day Celebration video.

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to do something nice for our residents on Memorial Day,” said Mount Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis. “So we decided to put together a video … We took a bunch of videos of different years of parades and Mark Miller, of Mark Miller Studios, edited it together.”

Additionally, the Mount Arlington Fire Department stationed a truck at the borough library parking lot and flew an American flag in commemoration.

In his short speech – given outside the VFW building before a group of about a dozen - Lehnert said veterans “by their service on land, by sea and in the air, have made us their debtors for the flag of our nation still flies over the land of free people.”


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