Long Branch:The City's Fire Department began the Memorial Day remembrance at Firemen's Field on Woodgate Avenue. Neptune Hose Company's, Arthur Green, welcomed the gathering of Firemen and First Aiders as well as past members, Council members, community leaders and residence and business members. All shared in the solemn memories of this national holiday; its 68th annual remembrance.
The Invocation was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem sung by Diane Johantgen. Mayor Adam Schneider spoke briefly, recalling the meaning of the day, the respectful remembrance of the men and women who gave their all in service to our country.
The Long Branch High Air Force ROTC presented colors, and later sounded Taps at the close. The echoing of the trumpets and Mrs. Johantgen singing Amazing Grace addressed the solemnity of the commemoration. '
The service was begun with the Invocation by Ex-Chief Phil Kuhlthau, who read the names of members lost in the past year: H. Wilbert Lloyd, Raymond Dinen, Robert Pierce, Robert Feeney and Ronald Fitzpatrick.
From the Field some traveled to the West End Beach and the Laying of a Wreath to remember those who gave their lives at sea. The Mayor, watched by a respectful gathering, lifted the wreath and tossed it into the surf as everyone paused in silence.
Retired Lt. Col. Avery Grant had come from Woodgate Avenue and welcomed all to the graveside of the heroes buried there: Pvt. Malcom J. Grimm. Ch. Warrant officer 2 John R Girard, PFC Del R. Jacobs, Cpl. Frank Andrisano, Jr., Sgt. Jose G. Abara, Mr. Jon A. Baker, Mr. Edward J. Bova and Cpl. Jerry Morgan, Jr. Family members and friends of the herpes came forward to place a floral basket at each calling. Rev. Carolyn Bennett offered prayers.
The remembrance concluded at City Hall with a ceremony that included awards of honor to three students who wrote essays about the meaning and remembrance of Memorial Day. They were Brooke Lynn Rodriguez, Fifth Grade, Kimberley Rogue, Middle School Grade 8, and Renee Maldonado, LB High School Grade 10. Each received a thank you for their most thoughtful work.