Scotch Plains, NJ -- Scotch Plains honored its fallen soldiers with a ceremony at the township's war memorial this morning
Vietnam veteran Joe McCourt led the ceremony with remarks from fellow vet Ralph Checchio and Mayor Al Smith. The 2020 Grand Marshal from Scotch Plains was 100-year-old WWII veteran Alphonse Fantini, who clearly enjoyed the ceremony. The pubilc was not invited to attend because of social distancing measures. However, the event was live-streamed and will also be viewable on Scotch Plains TV (Fios ch. 22 and Comcast 34).
Wreaths were planted by veterans followed by a rifle salute and the playing of "Taps."
In lieu of the parade, Scotch Plains police and fire departments conducted a procession in which Mr. Fantini climbed aboard a Humvee and rode through a small section of the township. He was joined by co-Grand Marshal Patrick Moore of Fanwood, an active duty US Army major, who recently returned from a tour in Iraq.
The procession went past 21 signs that have been posted along Park Ave. in honor of the Gold Star veterans from Scotch Plains who were killed during active duty.