Members of Jefferson Township’s American Legion Posts 423 and 245 will be conducting Memorial Day services on Monday, May 28.
Post 423: The color guard and firing squad will begin the day by visiting the graves at four local cemeteries. Commander Larry Brain will lead a service at each of the cemeteries in remembrance of those who served in the armed forces of our nation. Another service will be held in front of the Post on Legion Road at noon, where guest speakers will honor those currently serving in the military, veterans who have passed on since last year, and all veterans of all wars. Colonel Hector A. Gonzalez of Picatinny Arsenal will be the keynote speaker.
Post 245: A ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Legion’s pavilion on Espanong Road. Following the ceremony, a parade will proceed from the Post to Brady Bridge, where a service will be conducted at approximately noon. Following the parade and service, the Post will serve refreshments back at the pavilion.
Members of both American Legion posts invite the public to attend the services and to stay for refreshments afterward.
Jack Kelly, Post 423 publicity chair, told The Jefferson Chronicle that prior to Memorial Day, an American flag was placed on the grave of each veteran interred at 11 cemeteries in the area.