SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Memorial Day schedule for Scotch Plains and Fanwood includes traditional wreath-laying ceremonies that are able to be expanded with the easing of some social distancing restrictions, as well as bell-ringing throughout the towns at 3:00 p.m. to remember the fallen soldiers who gave their lives in service to their country.
"We have arrived at a milestone of the year: Memorial Day is not only a solemn remembrance of our fallen heroes, but marks the beginning of summer to many in New Jersey," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. "This year is the same in spirit, but very different in execution."
"Where in the past, we would join together for the Memorial Day Parade, now we must remain apart and remember our fallen in a different way," Mayor Mahr said. "Our Memorial Day Committee, Oshanda Erb, John Mooney, and Michele Moore, have worked tirelessly to create meaningful virtual experiences for us to share. I am grateful for their hard work and hope all of you will be able to partake in some of the offerings."
"On Monday, after Scotch Plains hosts it Memorial Day ceremony on Facebook Live and SPTV on Fios ch. 22 and Comcast ch. 34," said Mayor Al Smith. "Right after that we will have a respectful virtual parade to pay tribute to all those who have fallen and honor the grand marshals, Alphose Fantini and Patrick Moore."
Memorial Day Weekend Observances
Hometown Hero Banners -- Fanwood and Scotch Plains
Banners of current and veteran members of the military are hung on Martine Ave., North Ave., and South Ave. in Fanwood. Banners also are located on Park Ave., Mountain Ave., Batels Ave. (library street), Front Street, and Second Street/Westfield Ave. in Scotch Plains
Gold Star Tribute Walking Tour -- Fanwood
Twelve Fanwood soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice have streets named for them in the borough. At each corner, beneath these street signs, you will find a sign with a brief bio (and usually a picture) of the honoree. Additionally, the complete set of signs is on display in front of Borough Hall at 75 N. Martine Ave.
Gold Star Tribute Display -- Scotch Plains
In Scotch Plains, signs honoring servicemen who died for their country are posted along Park Ave. near the Municipal Building (430 Park Ave.). Twenty-one Scotch Plains soldiers died while in the service in WWI, WWII and Korea. No Scotch Plains residents died in Vietnam.
Gold Star Tribute video and concert
Video will run on Fanwood TV and Scotch Plains TV, as well as on Facebook.
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony -- Fanwood
The Wreath Laying Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Fanwood Memorial Library. The public is asked to respect social distancing and watch at home on the Fanwood Facebook page.
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony -- Scotch Plains
The Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Scotch Plains War Memorial (Park Ave. & Front St.) begins at 10:00 a.m. The public is asked to respect social distancing and watch at home on the Facebook page.
Immediately after Scotch Plains ceremony. Facebook Live and SPTV on Fios ch. 22 and Comcast ch. 34
Memorial Day Bell Tolling
At 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day the Fanwood and Scotch Plains churches will all toll their bells in recognition of the sacrifice of all of our fallen heroes.
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