No planes, no worries: Morris Plains Memorial Parade is memorable for all the right reasons

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liliana hemenetz at moplains parade
Liliana Hemenetz, 3 1/2, enjoys the Morris Plains Memorial Day parade with the Morris County Voiture organization. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Okay, so the promised jet fighters never flew over. (Weather concerns and air traffic control.) And your correspondent marched through something green, deposited by what must have been a large creature.

At least we’re pretty sure it wasn’t a bear–that was two years ago. And empty skies this morning were welcome, after last year’s excitement with a low-flying chopper. A pair of horses behind us inspired modest anxiety, but these critters behaved much better than their brethren did a year ago in the VFW parking lot.

It all added up to a marvelous Memorial Day Parade in Morris Plains.

This morning’s ceremony at Roberts Garden hit all the right notes in honoring our servicemen and women. And the spirit along the parade route and at the VFW cookout afterward was festive, with families and friends celebrating the freedom bought by our fallen heroes.

Vietnam veteran Art Grant summed it up well in his remarks. The greatest gift that our armed forces have given us is time: Time to grow and enjoy the good things in life. Like spending a Saturday morning with people we love. For that, we are forever grateful.

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