Memorial Day Weekend 2019 at the Jersey Shore - Honoring Our American Heroes
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and a time to honor our fallen soldiers.
It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Did you know that each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 PM, local time across the country?
Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season at the Jersey Shore.
The shore has many ways and places to honor our fallen military members. Before you begin your backyard barbecues, and celebrations, take time out to remember what the day is all about.
Here are some ways you can pay your respect to the men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. On May 27, the Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony at the American Legion Post #184, 4200 Atlantic Ave. at 11 a.m. and will featuring speakers, recognition of deceased comrades, “Taps” and wreath laying ceremonies at the Post, the Memorial Walk, and at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Police Explorers will also lay a wreath in the ocean along with Wildwood’s Beach Patrol behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. This ceremony is being hosted by the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 955 and the American Legion Post #184.
Also, on May 27 take in a moving and patriotic Flag Ceremony at Sunset Beach in Cape May. This Evening Flag Ceremony is a 40-year Tradition at Sunset Beach. The ceremony, which is held daily at 7 pm Memorial Day weekend through August. Every flag that is flown at the ceremony are veterans' casket flags that families bring with them from their loved one's funeral. Cape May is honored to fly them at Sunset Beach. If you have not experienced this emotionally moving tradition, we invite you to be a participant in this celebration of being an American.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Garden in Jackson is a great place to honor Veterans on Memorial Day. The garden features a cascading waterfall, granite columns and multiple flags. In addition, the Veterans Memorial Garden honors all past, present and future members of the Armed Forces.
Another way to honor our American Heroes is to take in a parade and wave that star-spangled beauty. The Jersey Shore has a variety of parades being held in many different towns. You can watch the largest and longest consecutively running Memorial Day Parade in New Jersey in Freehold. The 145 Annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 27. from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Every Memorial Day morning at 10:00 am, the Freehold Memorial Day Parade steps off from the corner of Brinkerhoff Ave. and Main Street in Freehold.
The Bradley Beach Memorial Day Parade steps off on May 25 at 10 AM on Ocean Avenue and passes in review at the Main Gazebo at Fifth Avenue.
The Matawan Annual Memorial Day Parade is being held on May 26. Step off is 2:00 PM from St. Clements Church and ends at Memorial Park.
These ceremonies and parades are a great way for all Americans to come together and to remember what makes us Americans and what makes this county truly great.
Visit Memorial Day 2019 at the Jersey Shore for more ceremonies to honor our brave American Heroes.
Next time we will explore the great events, fireworks and festivals that make Memorial Day Weekend 2019 at the shore so much fun. It’s the “official” start of the summer and those long, lazy days at the beach.