The municipality of Mountainside today held it annual Memorial Day Parade. Initially called “Recognition Day” the holiday is one to remember and honor all the men and women who have served this country in the Armed Forces. As Mayor Mirabelli noted in his remarks, today is not simply about picnics, hot dogs and hamburgers. We owe a debt of gratitude to these men and women whose service enables us the freedom to enjoy those things. Among veterans of more recent wars, also on hand were several veterans of WWII. As it has been already seventy years since many enlisted, with age or battles unfortunately comes infirmities and many have difficulty participating in the parade due to their inability to walk well. The Mountainside Rotarians that had them, along with others, brought their personal convertible automobiles to provide rides to veterans who could not walk or chose not to so they could participate in the parade and be honored. Many of the town’s citizens lined the parade route clapping, waving and displaying American flags. The veterans acknowledged they were moved to see this outpouring of appreciation. After the parade, the town of Mountainside, held a picnic providing free food and drink for the attending veterans and all the parade participants. Donations from organizations such as the Mountainside Rotary Club and individuals were used to fund the picnic. The Mountainside Rotarians were pleased to be able to participate and support this event.
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