LONG BRANCH: The special commemorative Memorial Day remembrance at City Hall included the traditional Gerry Morgan Park traditional graveside service. The park had been overcome with heavy rain earlier in the morning which left more than six inches covering the grounds on Long Branch Avenue.
The traditional Pfc. Gerry Morgan tribute was moved to higher ground at City Hall where a similar traditional ceremony was fulfilled. Elder Caroline Bennett, Mc Laughlin Pentecostal Church offered a prayer and Mayor Adam Schneider spoke again this year about the valor and sacrifice of the eight military heroes buried at the memorial, a community tribute of that reaches back many years.
As Taps was sounded for the special service, the annual ceremony proceeded with addresses by Schneider and School Superintendent Michael Salvatore, introducing Essay Contest winners Siara Perez, 4th Grade; Lorenzo Cabana, Grade 6 , LB Middle School; and Margaux Cattelona LB High School Junior and consecutive year Award winner.
The storms kept many away, with heavy rain on and off all morning. The City's remembrance was accomplished with hope for peace and freedom for all as the solemn theme.