SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – Memorial Day started out in the late 1860s as Decoration Day, a day to remember the fallen from the Civil War. It wasn’t until 1967 that the name was officially changed to Memorial Day and it was made a federal holiday.

Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover made the point in his remarks on Sunday evening that while Memorial Day is a holiday to be enjoyed with friends and family, everyone should be mindful to remember the men and women who died in defense of our country.

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr also emphasized this in her remarks at the memorial ceremony held on Monday morning in front of the Fanwood Memorial Library.

Credit: Tom Kranz

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The Day then moved on to Scotch Plains, with the laying of the wreaths in front of the Memorial on the corner of Front Street and Park Avenue. 

Credit: Tom Kranz

Many Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents turned out for the parade, including Julie, the littlest patriot, the niece of Councilman Mickey Marcus. 

Credit: Mindy Scarlett

And the parade continues

Remembering Vietnam

American Legion Juniors

SPF High School Marching Band

Scotch Plains Council and families

Fanwood Council

Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover and his wife Joanne

Councilman Bo Vastine and Liz Mangun

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad

Acting city manager Bob LaCosta as emcee

Boy Scouts

Scotch Plains Councilman Marcus’ son and daughter, Mitch and Amanda

Historical Society

Girl Scouts

Westfield Community Band

Force behind the parade - members of the Memorial Day Committee