Memorial Day observed throughout Southern Ocean County

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(Photo taken by Jack Reynolds)

Memorial Day weekend will see three days of events honoring those who have died in our nation’s wars.

In what has become an annual tradition, Southern Regional High School planned a Memorial Day Field of Flags and Ceremony to honor military men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. On Thursday, May 26, a 12-inch by 18-inch American flag will be placed for each military member who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Southern Air Force Junior ROTC cadets and other students will place the flags on the lawn outside the 9/10 Building, closest to Route 9, throughout the day.

On Friday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m., a Memorial Day Mass is scheduled at the site and open to the community. In case of bad weather, the ceremony will take place in the auditorium. More than 100 students will participate by singing with the choir, as musicians in the orchestra and by reading messages. The flags will remain up through Memorial Day weekend. For more information on this project, contact Senior Colonel Joseph Potts at [email protected] or 609-597-9481 ext. 4236.

On Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m., a celebration will be held at surf town at Veterans Park.

The 2022 Memorial Day Parade at Barnegat Light Sunday, May 29 starts at 6 p.m. and gets everyone in the mood. Townspeople choose whether they want to watch or participate. The parade will begin on West 11th Street and Central Avenue and continue down Broadway and end at the Fisherman’s Memorial on the Bay.

In Barnegat TownshipAlso on Sunday, the American Legion and VFW Posts along with the JROTC program at Barnegat High School will hold a 10 a.m. memorial service at Fred Watts Gazebo Park. Although there is no parade, the American Legion will hold an outdoor service at its pavilion on Memorial Day at 11 a.m.

The same day, Township of Stafford will hold its 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Municipal Court behind City Hall, located at 260 East Bay Ave.

To wrap up the day’s celebrations, the Township of Long Beach and Fantasy Island Amusement Park are teaming up again for “Kick-Off to Summer Fireworks,” Sunday at Bayview Park in Brant Beach. Fantasy Island in Beach Haven donated the pyrotechnics for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

This is the third year in a row that the municipality and the amusement park have teamed up for a fireworks display. In 2020, shortly after the start of the pandemic, the event was organized to honor local healthcare workers, many of whom received free tickets to watch the fireworks from inside the park – while that the spectacle of the sky was also, of course, visible from houses and streets everywhere as well as in the bay and beyond the township.

Bayview Park is located at 6805 Long Beach Blvd., across from the Municipal Complex.

beach haven will hold a parade on Memorial Day itself, May 30, starting at 10 a.m. The procession begins at Taylor Avenue and heads south on Bay Avenue, east on Engleside Avenue, then south on Beach Avenue to Veterans Memorial Park for a coordinated beach service. Haven Community Arts Program.

The service will feature Denise Hart, Commander of Barnegat Light VFW Post No. 3729, as the keynote speaker. Mayor Colleen Lambert will deliver welcoming remarks. Geoffrey Knudsen will provide the music. The Beach Haven Police Department will give a 21-gun salute; “Taps” will be performed by members of the Southern Regional High School band.

Bottom of the ship will also hold a service on Mondays, at the bay’s boat launch at 1 p.m. Port of the small eggthe VFW Post is hosting a celebration at 10:30 a.m. outside the building at 30 Gifford Rd.

— Staff report

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