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Scenes from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Concert

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

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