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Scenes from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Concert

Full Count Big Band played patriotic songs and WWII era hits. Credits: John Mooney
Vocalist Rose Nova Credits: John Mooney
Grand marshals Joe Nagy and Edward Miller Credits: John Mooney
Edward Miller salutes WWII comrades. Credits: John Mooney
Memorial Day Parade Committee members Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Ralph Checchio, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, and Bob Lacosta Credits: John Mooney
Vietnam vet Joe McCourt, last year's grand marshal Credits: John Mooney
Credits: Jon Joshua
Parade officials join veterans for a photo Credits: John Mooney
Bob Lacosta and Ralph Checchio, both Vietnam vets Credits: John Mooney
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr Credits: John Mooney
Full Count Orchestra with vocalist Rose Nova Credits: John Mooney
Edward Miller rises as the Full Count Orchestra plays the Air Force hymn. Credits: John Mooney
Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith reads proclamation honoring Joe Nagy. Credits: John Mooney
Larry Puentes conducts the Full Count Big Band. Credits: John Mooney
Dan Boylan, Gulf War veteran, with his daughter, Gwendolyn Credits: John Mooney
Crowd for the Memorial Day Concert in Scotch Plains on Sunday evening. Credits: John Mooney
Credits: Jon Joshua
Credits: Jon Joshua
Credits: Jon Joshua
A war veteran looks on as Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith reads a proclamation during the Memorial Day Concert on Sunday evening. Credits: Sean Conklin
Long-time Scotch Plains resident Laura Swiderski handed out American flags during the Memorial Day Concert on Sunday evening. Credits: Sean Conklin
Councilman Ted Spera and his wife, Maria. Credits: Sean Conklin
Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones joined by his family. Credits: Sean Conklin

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Crowds braved the cloudy skies and unseasonably cool temperatures on Sunday evening as Scotch Plains-Fanwood honored those who served in the armed forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Mayor Al Smith of Scotch Plains read proclamations lauding the service of three grand marshals: Edward Miller, Joe Nagy, and the late Alan Ebersole, who had accepted the honor before his unexpected passing earlier this month. Mayor Colleen Mahr of Fanwood recognized dignitaries and sponsors.

Music, including patriotic selections and songs of the World War II era were performed by the Full Count Big Band (Larry Puentes, director) and vocalist Rosa Nova. The band played "The Star Spangled Banner," Lee Greenwood's "Gold Bless the USA," and a medley of songs from each branch of the service. Additionally, moving letters from the front lines were read from Vietnam War veteran Joe McCourt, the 2016 grand marshal of the parade, Kevin Burns, an army staff sergeant during the Grenada conflict, and Vietnam veteran Earl Pavlik. 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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