We pause and remember

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  • Photos by Patricia Keller Flags are raised at the beginning of the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday.

  • Veterans and members of the clergy pause to remember those who have given their lives for the country at the start of the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday.

  • This young man showed his colors as he waited patiently for the parade to begin on Monday.

  • West Milford Police were out in force on Monday, a beautiful day for the outdoor ceremony and parade.

  • The acclaimed Highlander Marching Band participated in the Memorial Day parade.

  • These young ladies sure know how to celebrate a patriotic holiday!

  • Boy Scouts prepared to march in the Memorial Day parade on a beautiful Monday morning.

  • Daisy troop 96420 marched in the parade.

  • Volunteers, such as the West Milford Fire Department shown here, are staples in the township's memorial Day parade.

Township residents, dignitaries and veterans gathered on Monday, Memorial Day, to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. A solemn ceremony at the veteran's memorial in front of town hall had representatives of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War speak to the crowd, reminding them of the dedication of the soldiers who have kept Americans free.

After the ceremony, the day took on a more celebratory air, with scouts, township volunteers, police officers, musicians, elected officials and other community groups lined up for the annual Memorial Day parade, processing from town hall, down Marshall Hill Road to Lincoln Avenue, until they reached the American Legion Post.

The unofficial start of summer was a mix of solemnity and celebration in West Milford.

As always, West Milford paused and remembered.

For more photos of the Memorial Day festivities, go to page 2 and westmilfordmessenger.com.

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