SCOTCH PLAINS – The Borough of Fanwood will host a special Memorial Day concert, “A Tribute to Fallen Heroes,” at the north side of the railroad station on Sunday, May 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
All area residents are invited to attend an evening of patriotic entertainment provided by the Westfield Community Band. The concert, organized by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Committee, is free due to donations from local civic groups, businesses and individuals. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
This year’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Led by the color guards of the parade honorees (Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10122, American Legion Post 209 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 688), the parade, with Vietnam veteran Robert LaCosta as Grand Marshal, will start at the Municipal Building in Scotch Plains, proceed along Park Avenue, move down Martine Avenue into the center of Fanwood and end at La Grande Park.
The Scotch Plains parade announcers are Vinnie and Nick Lasavio. Fanwood commentaries will be provided by Donna Dolce and Dale Flowers. Again leading the line of march is the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Marching Band, under the direction of Durand Thomas. Following the high school band are representatives from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, YMCA activities, youth athletic organizations, several other bands, including SPFHS Rhythm Sense, and a wide variety of civic groups.
Memorial Day pays tribute to those American military personnel of all wars who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in service to their country. These fallen heroes will be honored with several events in Fanwood and Scotch Plains on May 28.
Observances will begin with a memorial service at 8 a.m. at American Legion Post 209 at Park Avenue and Sunset Place in Scotch Plains. At 9 a.m., there will be the laying of wreaths at the Fanwood Memorial Library at Tillotson Road and North Avenue. Wreaths will then be presented at the Veterans Monument at Park Avenue and Front Street in Scotch Plains at 10 a.m. The SPFHS Chamber Choir, led by Jan Allen, will perform their renditions of the National Anthem and God Bless America during that ceremony.
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