Celebrating Memorial Day

STATE – While more than 32 million Americans were expected to travel during Memorial Day weekend, if you stayed at home there are still plenty of ways to celebrate.

Memorial Day was created to honor the men and women of the armed forces who gave their lives to preserve America’s freedom. When the federal government moved the observance of the holiday to the final Monday in May, it took on another role – the holiday weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer.


One traditional way of celebrating Memorial Day is by attending a parade. Clark Township’s parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Westfield Avenue and Nassau Street. The parade route runs along Westfield Avenue and concludes at Arthur L. Johnson High School. Immediately following the parade, there will be a Memorial Day ceremony at the entrance of the high school.

Metuchen’s parade will begin from Pearl Street parking lot at 10 a.m. It will proceed across Center Street, turn right onto Middlesex Avenue, and right onto Main Street. The parade will continue with a right turn onto High Street and then right again onto Lake Avenue where it will end at Memorial Park with a brief ceremony. Youngsters with decorated bicycles are invited to take part in the parade and should meet at the Pearl Street parking lot by 9:45 a.m.

Perth Amboy’s parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Fayette and High Street. A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Way Memorial on Sadowski Parkway.

Avenel VFW Memorial Post 7165, 60 W. Park Avenue, Avenel, will hold Memorial Day services at 10 a.m., and Hopelawn VFW Post 1352, 113 James Street, Hopelawn will host a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m.

Baseball games are also part of the Memorial Day tradition for some people. The Newark Bears are playing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark this afternoon at 1:35 p.m. The team will hold pre-game ceremonies to honor America and commemorate the Memorial Day holiday. For more information, visit www.newarkbears.com.

The Somerset Patriots will take on the York Revolution at 1:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com. And if you’d rather watch a Major League Baseball game, the New York Yankees are hosting the Cleveland Indians at 1:05 p.m.

Many people will hold their own barbecues – check out some tips on grilling the ultimate burger.

Whatever you do to celebrate Memorial Day, have a good, safe time – and take a moment to remember the men and women who gave their lives for America.

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