SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Memorial Day 2018, the South Plainfield community came together to honor the men and women who gave their life serving our country. 

“May is the month of remembrance and a time to honor the cost of freedom and pay homage to our military heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Robert Bengivenga, commander of American Legion Post #243. 

Observed annually on the last Monday of May, the federal holiday serves as an opportunity for Americans to pay their respects to the many men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to their nation. On a local level, the countries fallen heroes were honored May 28 at ceremonies held throughout the borough and hosted by the Post #243 with support from Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post #6763. 

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It’s great that South Plainfield does this celebration today,” and I have no doubt Memorial Day Celebrations will always be part of South Plainfield’s future,” said Mayor Matthew Anesh. “The leaders of the American Legion, VFW, Boy Scouts, Drum Line and also today’s fabulous bugler player are the ones that make this happen and make sure we never forget, and honor the Veteran’s that have protected us and make America the great country we proudly call our home.”

The morning ceremonies began with a procession from the American Legion’s Oak Tree Road post to Monument Park. There, members of the VFW, veterans, borough officials, families of the fallen, and residents gathered to remember the fallen. Members of the Legion and VFW, along with Boy Scouts from the community, then visited the Brith Abraham Bnai Zion and Hillside Cemetery of Samptown on New Market Avenue and Holy Redeemer Cemetery on Clinton Avenue before heading to Veteran's Park. At each stop, there were readings of dedication, gun salutes and the playing of 'Taps' along with the laying of wreaths by the Boy Scouts. 

There are simply no words that can capture how much this country should appreciate and respect everyday those veterans that have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free,” said State Senator and South Plainfield resident Patrick Diegnan. “It’s an honor to be here today and as I always say it’s not sufficient but at least we can  say, as Americans, is thank you for your service and god bless America.

“Together with the VFW, we hold Memorial Day ceremonies each year to show the people in the community that we care,” said Bengivenga.  

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