STAFFORD - It is the precious time of year to honor the military men and women who have sacrificially given the lives in service to our country.

A highlight in recent years has been the Southern Regional High School District's Memorial Day Field of Flags and ceremony they hold each year. .

A 12-inch-by-18-inch American flag has been placed for every military service member who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan, now totaling 6,915.

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Southern’s Air Force Junior ROTC cadets place the flags each year on the lawn outside the 9/10 building, nearest Route 9.  

Today, more than 100 students will participate in that ceremony at Southern at 10:30 a.m.  It is open to the community.  The flags will remain in place all weekend.  It is a very moving site.

Here is a list of Stafford-LBI Memorial Day commemorations.

The Beach Haven Community Arts Program, the VFW Barnegat Light Post 3729 and Beach Haven borough will mark the holiday with a parade and ceremony on Monday, May 29.

A solemn procession will begin at Taylor Avenue at 10 a.m., followed by a service at Engleside Avenue at 10:45 a.m. Veterans are encouraged to participate.

Surf City is hosting its annual Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27. The event will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, on Long Beach Boulevard between 11th and 12 streets.

Stafford Township will hold a ceremony on Sunday in the courtyard of the Stafford Township Municipal Building, at 260 East Bay Ave., from 1:30 to 3:30.

Barnegat Light has a Memorial Day parade on Sunday.  The parade lines up at 6 p.m. at the post office on West 10th Street. The march starts at 6:30 p.m. and heads to the lighthouse at the state park for a patriotic ceremony.