MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee, Deputy Mayor Dean Dafis, and Committee Members Greg Lembrich, Nancy Adams, and Victor DeLuca honored Memorial Day today at Ricalton Square.

In his remarks, McGehee paid tribute to "the women and men who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our Constitution, our Country and way of life... The women and men who served our country and lost their lives were also first responders. They marched, they flew, and they sailed into harms way to save our lives and our democracy."

In appreciating those who died in the armed services, he said, "We must never forget: Their ultimate sacrifice today or any day... And now in this moment we honor them and we thank them and their families for their service and for all that they have done for us."

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He said that this year, "COVID-19 reminded all of us that service — service to others is the greatest act," and that "our first responders have been put in harms way many times to save the lives of others and several have lost their own."

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Maplewood Post 10120 and BSA Troop 5 also participated in the ceremony and attendees stayed socially distant, standing by their cars in the adjacent parking lot.

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