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 Lillian G. Burry 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 Veteran’s Memorial Ceremony, Holmdel – Monday, May 31, 11 a.m.

Allentown Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 31, 10 a.m.

Asbury Park – Beach Fireworks – Monday, May 31, dusk

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 31, 10 a.m.

Eatontown Memorial Day Service – Monday, May 31, 10:30 a.m.

Freehold Borough Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 31, 10 a.m.

Hazlet Memorial Day Services – Monday, May 31, 10 a.m.

Holmdel Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 31, 10:30 a.m.

Historic Longstreet Farm’s Decoration Day Celebration – Monday, May 31, 12 noon

Keyport Memorial Day Salute – Saturday, May 31, 11 a.m.

Matawan Memorial Day Parade – Sunday, May 30, 2 p.m.

Manasquan Concert and Gala Fireworks Display – Saturday, May 29, dusk

Neptune Twp. Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 31, 10 a.m.

Ocean Township Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade – Monday, May 31, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Rumson Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 31, 10 a.m.

Sea Girt Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 31, 9 a.m.

Spring Lake Heights Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 31, 11 a.m.

Tinton Falls Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 31, 11 a.m.

Union Beach Memorial Day Parade – Saturday, May 29, 1 p.m.

Wall Township Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 31, 10 a.m.

West Long Branch Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 31, 11 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.