WARREN, NJ - Residents lined the parade route to honor those who have fought and died for our nation at the annual Warren Township Memorial Day Parade on Monday.
Following the parade, a wreath-laying ceremony was conducted at the Municipal Complex to honor all veterans who have given their lives in defense of our nation.
As the flag was raised, the combined Watchung Hills and Warren Middle School band played the Star Spangled Banner.
Warren Township Mayor Vic Sordillo thanked all service men and women.
Memorial Day is a time for many to reflect on the sacrifices and services of the American soldiers and veterans and the U.S. military men and women and express appreciation, support and prayers.
Warren eighth grader Alyssa Steinhart addressed the crowd.
The words 'United We Stand' and 'God Bless America' still hold the power to stir hearts.
In closing the ceremony, TAPS was played as the flags were raised and the combined Watchung Hills and Warren Middle School bands played the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Freedom isn't free. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – President Harry S. Truman
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