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Rain Cancels Memorial Day Parade, Fanwood and Scotch Plains Honor Military Before Downpour

Earl Pavlik salutes fallen soldiers. Credits: John Mooney
Mayor Colleen Mahr hosts Memorial Day ceremonies in Fanwood. Credits: John Mooney
Rabbi Joel Abraham, Freeholder Al Mirabella, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones applaud the grand marshals. Credits: John Mooney
Fanwood Fire Department salutes fallen servicemen and women. Credits: John Mooney
Fanwood Police Department attends Memorial Day ceremonies. Credits: John Mooney
Ryan Abramowitz, a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, sings "God Bless America." Credits: John Mooney
Boy Scouts from BSA Troop 33 Credits: John Mooney
Audience braves the rain. Credits: John Mooney
WWII vets Earl Phillips, Joe Nagy, Edward Miller and Tony Parenti of Fanwood have all served as grand marshals on Memorial Day. Credits: John Mooney
Grand Marshal Edward Miller (center) surrounded by his family. Credits: John Mooney
The Borough of Fanwood hosts Memorial Day ceremonies on the steps of the Fanwood Library. Credits: John Mooney
Memorial Day ceremony in Fanwood. Credits: John Mooney

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.

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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. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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