Howell Township Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9691 and Auxiliary will hold its Memorial Day Service with our fellow Comrades of Farmingdale, American Legion Post 178. The Memorial Day Service is Monday, May 30, at the former Municipal Complex located at Preventorium Road at 11:00am and Lutz Park in Farmingdale Borough located on Main Street at 11:30am. Beginning at 1:00pm, a Memorial Day parade will be held on Main Street in Farmingdale Borough. Parking is available on site and we would like to encourage the public to attend these services.
Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
As we enjoy this special day in our wonderful community, American men and women are placing themselves at risk all over the world. Their sacrifice each and every day allows us to feel safe and comfortable.
President Benjamin Harrison said it best, “I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.”
Let us not only honor them in a joyous, thankful and triumphant commemoration, but celebrate the sacrifice of those Americans who helped preserve our freedom. As we spend time with family, friends and neighbors this weekend during barbecues and picnics, take a moment and remember all the members of our military who have given their lives for us and never forget the tremendous sacrifices that so many have made.
William Gotto, Mayor
Rob Nicastro, Deputy Mayor
Ed Guz, Councilman
Pauline Smith, Councilwoman
Robert Walsh, Councilman