Memorial Day is commonly brought up in discussions about barbecues and the unofficial start of summer. But it’s also the day we honor those men and women who’ve died while serving in the U.S. military. Of course, this can be done in a number of ways; such as visiting a veterans’ cemetery, attending a local parade or sending a care package to soldiers serving overseas. For instance, here are 5 ways to honor New Jersey veterans this Memorial Day.
Visit a Veterans’ Cemetery in New Jersey
Beverly National Cemetery
Location: 916 Bridgeboro Road, Beverly
Details: This is one of two national cemeteries in New Jersey. Unlike last year’s event, however, there is no scheduled 2018 Memorial Day ceremony. But in any case, this cemetery is historically significant — you’ll find the tombstones of 147 Union soldiers and four Medal of Honor recipients.
More info: www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/beverly or call 215-504-5610
Finn’s Point National Cemetery
Location: 454 Fort Mott Road, Pennsville
Details: Finn’s Point is surrounded by Killchohook National Wildlife Refuge and neighbors Fort Mott State Park. Likewise, the picturesque site chiefly contains the Union Monument, erected in 1879 to honor Union guards; not to mention the Confederate Monument, built in 1910 to remember the Confederate soldiers buried on site.
More info: www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/finnspoint or call 215-504-5610
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery
Location: 14 Chesterfield Arneytown Road, Wrightstown
Details: Located near Trenton, this cemetery spans 225 acres and can accommodate 154,000 veterans and their family members. Visit on May 25 to witness the Scout Night Flag Placement; and additionally on May 26 for the Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony.
More info: www.state.nj.us/military/cemetery or call 609-738-2400
Spend Time at the Veterans Memorial Garden
Location: Jackson Mills Road & Commodore Boulevard, Jackson Township
Details: Looking for a peaceful location to spend some time on Memorial Day? If so, then this is the perfect place. The garden features a cascading waterfall, granite columns and multiple flags. In addition, the Veterans Memorial Garden honors all past, present and future members of the Armed Forces.
More info: www.jacksonvetsmemorial.com
Attend a Memorial Day Ceremony
Location: New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel
Details: This annual event honors veterans of the Vietnam War. The ceremony takes place on May 28 at 11:00 am. This year, a selection of Vietnam Veterans will also be inductees of the Memorial’s “In Memory” program. Afterward, the museum will remain open until 2:00 pm. This is only one of many ceremonies in the NJ area.
More info: www.njvvmf.org or call 732-335-0033
Witness a Memorial Day Parade
Location: Various towns across the state
Details: Generally, every county in the state hosts a Memorial Day parade. Honor those who gave their life in service of the country by attending the parade in your town. Also, many events include local marching bands and ceremonies featuring local VFW Veterans. Afterward, be sure to thank participating veterans!
More info: The 10 Best Memorial Day Parades in NJ
Send a Care Package to a Living Soldier
Details: Support our Armed Forces by sending care packages to members of the military serving abroad. As a matter of fact, this is an easy way to get young children involved. For example, they can include letters and cards expressing their thanks, along with whatever you’re sending. Indeed, Memorial Day is a fitting time to perform a good deed for our forces.
More info: www.anysoldier.com
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