Memorial Day weekend events around the Morristown area

arlington national cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Sci Chua

America’s veterans will be honored with several events in Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains this weekend.

Today, veterans will lay wreaths on the graves of veterans at Beth Israel cemetery in Cedar Knolls and Evergreen cemetery in Morristown.  Then they will do the same at the Civil War monument on the Morristown Green.

On Saturday morning, the 24th annual Morris Plains Memorial Day Parade starts with a 9 a.m. service at Roberts Garden, followed by the parade and a cookout at the VFW post on Route 53. In case of bad weather, check for a message before 6:30 a.m., or call 973-538-8385, for status of parade. There is no makeup date.

The role of women in World War I will be examined from 1 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturday, in a program at Fosterfields Living Historical Park in Morris Township. Topics include the navy’s influence on fashion, and wartime efforts by “Salvation Army Lassies” and by Mary Lindsley, a Morristown resident who served as a dietitian with the Red Cross in Europe.

At 9:30 a.m. on Monday, the late Pat Hyland, a former Morris County freeholder and mayor of Morris Township, will be honored in front town hall in Morris Township. Vince Asperwiez,  commander of the Marines 112th honored field artillery battalion, will speak. A ceremony will follow on the Morristown Green.

It will mark the 54th such ceremony for Bob Tracey, 84, a veteran and former Morristown postmaster, who is determined to attend despite poor health. Our best wishes to Bob, and to all veterans who have kept the nation free.

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