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Memorial Day weekend 2024: events, parades around Gloucester Township

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ – Gloucester Township’s Memorial Day Service is part of the nation’s nearly 160-year tradition of paying tribute to U.S. service members killed in the line of duty.

The ceremony begins Monday (Memorial Day) at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park (1261 Chews Landing Rd.). Wreath laying services will take place that morning in the community:

  • 8 a.m.: Glendora VFW Post 8714
  • 8:20 am: 9th Ave Monument, Glendora
  • 8:40 a.m.: American Legion Post 281
  • 9 a.m.: Blackwood VFW 7927
  • 9.20am: Gloucester Township School
  • 9.40am: Harwan Park Memorial
  • 10 a.m.: Community Park Veterans Memorial
  • 10.15am: Erial Cemetery
  • 11 a.m.: Veterans Memorial Park

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Here are some other events and parades nearby:

Glassboro’s Memorial Day Parade

  • When: Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (military flyover at 10:22 a.m.)
  • Where: Downtown Glassboro
  • See more information about the parade and military flyover.

Haddonfield Memorial Day Parade

  • When: Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m
  • Where: the parade begins at Kings Highway and Chestnut Street, followed by a commemoration ceremony at Haddonfield Memorial High School.
  • More information.

Haddon Twp. Remembrance Day Service

  • When: Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m
  • Where: Westmont Fire Co. No. 1 (120 Haddon Ave., Haddon Township)
  • More information.

Memorial Day Skating

  • When: Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
  • Where: Millennium Skate World (1900 Carman St., Camden)
  • More information.

Cherry Hill’s Memorial Day Ceremony

  • When: Monday May 27, 10am
  • Where: Cherry Hill Township Municipal Complex (820 Mercer St.)
  • More information.

The history of Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, dates back to 1868, when General John A. Logan called for a day of remembrance to honor the Northern lives lost fighting the Civil War that had ended just a few years earlier . according to History.com. As time went on, more and more people started calling it Memorial Day, and in 1971 it became a federal holiday.

Waterloo, New York, is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day. The city’s celebration on May 5, 1866 predated Logan’s call for a day of remembrance. Local businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers and flags.

Until World War I, the holiday only honored those soldiers who died fighting for the Union in the war, while the Southern states honored their war dead on a separate day. After the more than 116,000 American deaths in World War I, the tradition of remembering everyone who died in the line of duty changed.

A national commemoration event is held annually on Memorial Day at 3:00 PM local time. Wherever they are or whatever they are doing, Americans are being asked to observe a minute of silence to remember military personnel who have given their lives in service to their country. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the afternoon was chosen because it is a time when many Americans will enjoy their freedoms on a national holiday.