SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The annual Memorial Day services were led by Ed Matthews, a former township attorney and former South Orange Board of Trustees member.
The American flag was posted by Boy Scout Troop 60 members Jeffrey and Robert Bryant, Dan Goldsmith and Abdul Syed.
After the posting of the flag and the opening ceremonies, Boy Scouts Jackson Magdanz, Alex Werbaneth and Justin Bleasdale read the names of South Orange residents who were lost in the wars from the First World War through the current conflicts.
The ceremony on Monday honored all the men and women who lost their lives because of war and the men and women who are currently serving and defending the United States.
Matthews spoke about the sacrifices these men and women have made for the United States. He also spoke about an alarming number of suicides that occur daily by former military people. There are some 20 per day, he said.
Rabbi Dan Cohen of Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel in his closing Benediction said, “this is a Day of Memory - it should inspire us to act. Twenty suicides a day are epic losses. We need to do more to help these veterans.”
South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll and member of the police department and South Orange Fire Chief Dan Sullivan and members of the South Orange Fie Department attended the ceremonies.
Village Trustees Walter Clarke, Karen Hilton, Summer Jones and Steve Schnall; Kate Schmidt and members of the Rec Department, residents and leaders of the Boy Scout Troop also attended the ceremonies.