WARREN, NJ - Some neighboring towns have canceled their Memorial Day ceremonies due to rainy weather, however, the Warren parade is on with some alterations.
The Warren American Legion Post 293 says, "We will still be proceeding with today's Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies at town hall.
The band will not be participating due to weather conditions but we encourage all other participants to come join us in honoring our armed forces.
We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Warren Township's Memorial Day Parade, under the leadership of the Warren American Legion Post, will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29.
The parade will kick off at the former post office on Old Washington Valley Road, proceed east to Mt. Bethel Road, north on Mt. Bethel Road, and then east on Mountain Boulevard, ending at the Municipal Complex.
Following the parade, a wreath-laying ceremony will be conducted at the Municipal Complex to honor all veterans who have given their lives in defense of our nation.
After the parade and wreath-laying ceremony, the Warren Township Committee will host a Grand Opening and Open House at the new Warren Township Town Hall. The event will include a formal ribbon-cutting by the Township Committee and honored guests, including Congressman Leonard Lance; former Governor Donald DiFrancesco;Somerset County Freeholders Director, Peter Palmer; and Somerset County Freeholder, Brian Levine, along with formal tours of the new building. Special gifts will be presented to those who tour the facility.
Following the Open House, Warren residents are encouraged to attend the American Legion picnic, held at 12 Community Place, to visit with our Warren veterans or attend the Watchung Hills Elks for their annual picnic.
Freedom Is Not Free
- Kelly Strong
I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.