Absecon’s Memorial Day observation started with a parade. The paraders ranged from kids on decorated bikes to families on a make-believe train to soldiers in real-life military vehicles. All honoring the significance of Memorial Day. There was spirited music from two high-school marching bands including our own award winning Absegami High School Band. Around this old-fashioned American town, a mixed crowd of old and young people lined up — or sat in beach chairs and lawn chairs — to watch and cheer and salute as the parade passed their red, white, and blue decorated homes or other viewing spots.
Absecon’s Veterans Park, with a central memorial to World War II and smaller ones honoring veterans of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, was filled with hundreds of people. Songs by the Bill Hoch Memorial Day Community Singers and brave solos by several singers rang through the hushed crowd. There were speeches, reminders of the significance of the holiday, and wreaths placed in front of the memorial by veterans organizations and civilian civic groups. Five rifles rang out three times each. A bugle played taps, a bagpiper followed with “Amazing Grace.” It was Memorial Day to remember.