HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – For the first time in 152 years American Legion Post 164 has canceled its annual Memorial Day parade and community remembrance service, but is asking the community to contribute to a Post 164 and community wide project to pay tribute to those who have died serving the country,
American Legion Post 164/Historian Jacquie Petersen said.
“In communicating with town officials and in following the state of NJ Covid-19 executive order regarding safe social distancing it is necessary to cancel the parade for the safety of the community. The nature of a social gathering like the parade make it impossible to protect each other. Unfortunately, we are in uncharted waters.The Legion has had a rain or shine policy for over 150 years. It would be irresponsible to put each other at risk,” Peterson said.
“Our men and women in the services died protecting us and we owe it to not only those troops but to their families and each other to social distance until this virus blows over. We owe it to all those people on the front lines right now. This will pass and we will we will rise. Americans always do,” Peterson said.
The American Legion requests that over the Memorial Day weekend and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 you take a moment to reflect on the freedoms our men and women have fought and died in this great nation and to take the day to enjoy the company of your family. We still live in the greatest country in the world, Peterson said.
The Legion will be creating a video montage featuring photos of local veterans and community members showing support for our fallen heroes, as well as photos from past Memorial Day ceremonies, Peterson said.
“The thought being that at a future date a link to not only the American Legion’s website but WRNJ Radio, the historical society and even, local businesses can use it on Memorial Day, The 4th of July and Veteran’s Day. These are our sons and daughters and we will never forget their sacrifices,” Peterson said.
Photos should include the veterans name, branch and campaign or conflict. Photos with posters or Patriotic messages should be appropriate for honoring our Armed Forces, Peterson said.
Those who have a relative who is currently serving, served or was lost serving the country are welcome to submit a photo of their loved one and message to include in the video. If you would like to email that photo and a little background information we would love to know your/their story and would love to be able to share it. The American Legion and Hackettstown Community hope enough residents participate to make this testimonial worthy of veterans’ sacrifices, Peterson said.
Photos and messages can be emailed to: post164Historian@yahoo.com.