Remembering Those Who Fought for Our Freedom [PHOTOS and VIDEO]
Hasbrouck Heights community joins its veterans organizations in annual Memorial Day parade and services. Remembrance ceremony in honor of fallen firefighters followed.
People lined the streets to show their patriotism by waving flags and sporting some red, white and blue as they watched local veterans, community leaders and organizations take part in the annual Memorial Day Parade.
The parade featured the NY Skyliners Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, the Hasbrouck Heights High School Marching Band, the John Dukes Marching Band, the Knights of Columbus, the Bible Baptist Men’s Group, the Elks Lodge, Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, Daisy Troops and the borough’s Police and Fire Color Guard members.
Michael Cahill, commander of the American Legion Post 106 led the services at Veterans Memorial Park. Both Mayor Rose Heck and Board of Education President Josephine Ciocia addressed the crowd reminding all to remember those who fought for this country’s freedom.
Following the placing of the wreaths and poppies along the veterans memorial, Steven Herinya, chaplain of the American Legion Post 106 and Andy Gamble, commander of the VFW Post 4591 conducted the roll call and response paying tribute to those local veterans who passed away this past year.
Afterwards the community assembled up the road at Firemens Memorial Park on the Boulevard at the traffic circle to take part in the annual remembrance ceremony for all the local fallen firefighters.
Firefighter Chris Semenecz read the names of all the deceased firefighters who have ever served the borough’s fire department over the past 116 years.