SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Mother Nature may have canceled the Memorial Day Concert on Sunday evening, but she did not rain on the parade.

The annual march through Scotch Plains and Fanwood to honor service men and women fallen in the line of duty stepped off shortly after 10:30 a.m. in downtown Scotch Plains on Park Ave.

Following wreath-laying ceremonies at the Fanwood Library and at the Scotch Plains gazebo, The Memorial Day Parade attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd eager to cheer the grand marshals, WWII veterans Joe Schott, age 97, and Joe Murano, age 94, who both moved to Fanwood 65 years ago.

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Participants included the award-winning Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School marching band, bagpipers, classic cars, politicians, community groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and youth sports leagues. 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.