SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The 2015 Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Committee has announced  its annual concert and parade will be held on Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25. The theme of this year’s Memorial Day events will be the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II.

This year, the committee has introduced an exciting new addition to the parade this year: a Memorial Day Parade Float Contest. Any organization interested in building a float, should email Fred Haas at fhaas@gardenstatesecurities.com, and he will provide float parameters and rules. There will be prizes awarded for the top three floats.

“It is appropriate that we remember and honor the sacrifices of American soldiers in bringing an end to World War II,” noted Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover. "Ending the spread of Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan's  plans for world domination and preventing Hitler's annihilation of the Jewish people still rank among our country's greatest achievements. It would not have happened were it not for the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces whom we will honor on Memorial Day this year."

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"Over 50 countries took part in World War II, and the war took the lives of more people than any other conflict in human history," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. "More than 12 million American men and women participated and 407,000 gave their lives for the cause of freedom."

Memorial Day Concert (Sunday, May 24)

The fourth annual Memorial Day Concert will take place on Sunday, May 24 at the north side of the Fanwood train station beginning at 6:30 pm. The Westfield Community Band will play patriotic tunes, traditional marches, and other popular works. The program will include the reading of letters written by members of the U.S. military.

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies (Monday, May 25)

Memorial Day Commemoration ceremonies will take place at Fanwood Memorial Library at 9:00 a.m., and at the Scotch Plains Gazebo on Park Ave. at 10:00 a.m.  The 2015 Memorial Day Parade will commence  at 10:45 a.m. from the Municipal Building in Scotch Plains. It will proceed along Park Ave., move down Martine Ave. into the center of Fanwood and end at LaGrande Park.

The 2015 Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 25, is funded by the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood. The fourth annual Memorial Day Concert is presented through the generosity of local donors – individuals, businesses and community organizations – who underwrite the concert expenses. Checks should be made payable to: Memorial Day Parade Committee, Attn: Bob Lacosta, Township of Scotch Plains, 430 Park Ave, Scotch Plains. NJ 07076.  For questions about donation levels, call (908) 322- 6700 x313.