SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Add the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade to the ever growing list of events in the area that have been canceled. 

Out of an abundance of caution, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Committee has decided that this year’s Memorial Day concert and parade must be canceled.

"It would be great if we could continue, but in light of the current events, the parade cannot take place no matter how optimistic we are," said Committee chair Ralph Checchio. "I would like to share my thanks to the committee for all of their hard work that went into this year’s activities."

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"We understand the importance of these events to our communities, and it is not a decision taken lightly. But with strong conviction that it is in the best interest of the health and welfare of those marching and those who line the route, we support this decision," said Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a joint statement.

"Chairman Checchio and the volunteers have put in countless hours planning, raising funds and executing these events that are a beloved tradition in our communities, and we thank them for their dedication and efforts. They plan to be back in 2021 to host these great events," the mayors said.

The mayors have agreed that in the coming weeks they will discuss ways to honor fallen heroes and local veterans while maintaining all the prudent social distancing guidelines that now guide our way of life. One bright spot is that the Hometown Hero Banners will soon be put on full display with many new banners that will line the streets of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

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