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Memorial Day Commemorations in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

By JOHN MOONEY

May 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- This weekend, Scotch Plains-Fanwood will once again pay respects to the men and women who served and gave their lives in the U.S. armed forces throughout the nation’s history. This year’s remembrance is dedicated to the troops who gave their lives or were injured on D-Day (June 6, 1944), the invasion of Europe, 70 years ago.
 
A two-hour Sunday concert, starting at 6:30 p.m., by the Westfield Community Band featuring patriotic music of that era at Fanwood’s historic North Side Train Station kicks off the official commemorations.
 
“We invite everyone to bring their families to the north lawn of the train station for an evening filled with patriotic music honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover. “This concert is a wonderful way to remind us what makes being an American so special."
 
On Monday, the annual memorial service for the fallen will take place at the Fanwood Memorial Library at 9 a.m., and a service at the Scotch Plains gazebo follows at 10 a.m.  This year's parade will be led by Grand Marshal Malcolm E. Nettingham of Scotch Plains, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen unit in World War II.  It will steps off from the Scotch Plains Municipal Building at 10:45 a.m., and will make its way down Park/Martine Ave. to Fanwood’s LaGrande Park.