SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It commemorates all the men and women who have died in the military service. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died in military service.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday. The holiday was formerly known as Decoration Day; it originated in the year following the Civil War. Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The public is invited to attend ceremonies being held in South Plainfield on Monday. There will be a ceremony at the VFW on Front Street at 10 am. After the ceremony, both the American Legion and VFW Veterans will visit South Plainfield cemeteries and Veteran’s Park to honor veterans by laying wreaths and rifle salutes.

Ceremonies will conclude at the American Legion, where refreshments will be served, on Oak Tree Ave  at 11:30 am.