County offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend and reminds residents that most county offices will be closed on Monday in observance of the national holiday. All county parks and golf courses will be open. 

“This summer kick-off weekend, we need to recognize the American spirit and ultimate public service by honoring those who have given their all in service to our country,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “We ask that everyone take a moment to remember, reflect and honor the freedoms American soldiers have fought for and continue to protect today.”

A number of communities will hold parades and other remembrance activities this weekend. Below is a list of some of those events:

NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony, Holmdel – Monday, May 30, 11 a.m.

Atlantic Highlands Memorial Day Parade - Sunday, May 30, 11 a.m.

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 28, 10 a.m.

Eatontown Memorial Day Service at Wampum Park – Monday, May 30, 10:30 a.m.

Freehold Borough Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 30, 10 a.m.

Holmdel Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 30, 10:30 a.m.

Historic Longstreet Farm’s Decoration Day Celebration – Monday, May 30, noon to 3 p.m.

Keyport Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 30, noon

Matawan Memorial Day Parade – Sunday, May 29, 2 p.m.

Millstone Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 30, 10 a.m.

Neptune Township Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 30, 10 a.m.

Ocean Township Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade – Monday, May 30, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Rumson Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 30, 10 a.m.

Sea Girt Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 30, 8:45 a.m.

Spring Lake Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 30, 10:30 a.m.

Tinton Falls Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 30, 11 a.m.

Wall Township Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 30, 10 a.m.

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday of May.

It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers.

By the late 1800s, communities began to observe Memorial Day and, after World War I, it became an occasion for honoring those who had died in all of America’s wars.

Memorial Day is celebrated nationally at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the president or vice president lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.