SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The Scotch Plains Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Committee have announced the Grand Marshals for this year’s parade, to be held on Monday, May 27, and they are asking everyone to also mark their calendars for the Memorial Concert on Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.
All four of the Grand Marshals are currently serving as officers in the Scotch Plains Police Department. “We are pleased to have four of our finest pay tribute to all service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving our country,” said Chief Brian Mahoney of the Scotch Plains Police Department. “The recent tragedy in Boston serves as a reminder of the valor of our first responders, those who serve at home as well as in our military.”
Officer Brad Belford served in the Marines from August 2002 to August 2008, honorably discharged with the rank of E-4/Corporal; deployed in Iraq April 2003 to October 2003 and February 2005 to September 2005. His home unit was the 6TH Motor Transportation Battalion in Red Bank. While in Iraq, he served as motor vehicle operator and logistics systems vehicle operator. Mr. Belford grew up in Fanwood, graduated from SPFHS in 2002 and currently lives in Scotch Plains.
Officer David Belford has served in the Marines since August 2007 currently holding the rank of E-4/Corporal; deployed in Iraq from August 2008 to April 2009. His home unit is 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines in Garden City, N.Y. While in Iraq, he served as motor transport operator. Mr. Belford grew up in Fanwood and currently lives in Scotch Plains.
Officer David Lavery served in the Marines from May 2002 to May 2008 , honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant; deployed in Iraq from January 2003 to August 2003. His home unit was the 6TH Motor Transportation Battalion in Red Bank. While in Iraq, served with the Maintenance Platoon attached to 1st FSSG in Camp Pendleton, Calif. Mr. Lavery grew up in Scotch Plains, graduated from SPFHS in 2000 and currently resides in resides in Clark.
Officer Christian Ostrowski served in the Marines from August 2000 to August 2004; honorably discharged with the rank of E-4/ Corporal; deployed in Iraq from January 2003 to July 2003 with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion as Field Radar Operator; earned recognition with the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation and an award from the police Knights of Columbus. Mr. Ostrowski grew up in Scotch Plains, graduated from SPFHS in 2000 and now resides in Union.
The parade committee asks that all residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood turn out for the Memorial Weekend events, the concert on Sunday evening May 26 at the Fanwood Train Station (North side lawn) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the parade on Monday May 27.