LONG BRANCH: Memorial Day was commemorated with four events throughout the city on Monday morning, all held to pay tribute to those who have died serving the country.
The day began with the 63 annual Memorial Day event at Fireman's Field at Lake Takanassee as the names of all the Long Branch firefighters who have died in the line of duty were read.
"One of the things about this town is that we do come out and remember," Mayor Adam Schneider said during the ceremony.
Red, white and blue flower baskets were placed at the various memorials at Fireman's Field by members of the Long Branch Fire Department, First Aid Squads, Fire Police, Ex Chiefs Association, Uniform Fire Division. Fire Department Chiefs and Schneider, representing the city.
Taps was played by two Long Branch High School students and patriotic prayers and songs were recited.
The mayor and council and many others who attended the first event then moved on to Cottage Place Beach where wreaths were laid to honor fall Navy veterans.
Jerry Morgan was the next spot for the Memorial Day festivities followed by Long Branch City Hall where local Memorial Day essay contest winners were announced.