FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Although today's downpour resulted in the cancelation of the Memorial Day Parade, the weather held out long enough for officials from Fanwood and Scotch Plains to honor the nation's fallen heroes at the Fanwood Memorial Library.
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr introduced the crowd to the grand marshals -- WWII vets Edward Miller and Joe Nagy -- and honored the late Alan Ebersole, who would have been the third grand marshal. Members of the Fanwood Council, the borough's police, fire and the rescue squad, local veterans, Cub Scouts, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones all participated in the ceremony.
Mayor Mahr thanked all the veterans in the audience and read the names of the Fanwood residents who had fallen in past conflicts dating back to WWI.
Mayor Smith, who had to cancel Monday's ceremony in Scotch Plains as the rain began to pour, commended the service men and women last night at the Memorial Day Concert.
"Unfortunately, throughout our history, we have had to defend our country from those who do not hold our beliefs," Mayor Smith said. "But in those perilous times brave men and women patriots have stepped forward to protect us. Ordinary people from all walks of life."
There are no plans to reschedule the parade this year.
"It's really unfortunate that we had to cancel. I know how hard the Parade Committee worked all year on this event," said Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella, who attended the Fanwood ceremony.