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PHOTOS: 2012 Manchester Memorial Day Parade

Procession marched to the Grand Army Memorial in Pine Lake Park

Manchester commemorated Memorial Day with a Monday morning parade through a portion of Pine Lake Park.

Marchers, including the township's police and fire departments, first aid squads, and Boy and Girl Scouts, assembled at Commonwealth and Southampton Avenues. They then marched to the Grand Army Memorial. 

The parade began 30 minutes later than expected when fire and police answered an emergency call after . 

Last year, rather than hold two commemorations — one each for the town's east and west side — Mayor Michael Fressola said that his Veterans Advisory Committee wanted a single parade for the entire township. In 2011, . 

On Sunday, police discovered that the American and POW flags had been stolen from the memorial. Officers have no suspects and are asking for anyone with information to call the department at 732-657-6111. 

ed good May 29, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Thank you to the Veterans Advisory Committee for bringing the parade back to the PLP Memorial and to all the organizations who participated. It continues to show that the community spirt is still alive. The Renaissance Ranconteurs were exceptional in their performance. A special thumbs up to the DPW who had the Memorial looking the best it has ever looked. The only negative was the lack of the Middle School band. I know these kids had always looked forward to attending but for some reason the BOE had stopped their appearances. My one suggestion is to have a live trumpet player to deliver the "Taps". I don't think there is anything more powerful than this being performed live. Once again, well done and thank you all from the citizens of Manchester.
Grace Peck May 29, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Kudo's to the Veterans Advisory Committee for bringing back the parade to The PLP Memorial. The memorial is the original and oldest one in Manchester and is very rich in the history of our community. i agree a trumpet player to deliver "Taps" would be great. I am sure in the Manchester High School we could find a band member who would do us proud. As for a lack of a marching band, this too needs to be brought back. These are opportunities our young adults miss out on when budget cuts rule over the invaluable experiences it would bring to both the student and our community. The Renaissance Ranconteurs were wonderful!! I really enjoyed this Memorial Day parade, thanks again!! Grace Peck/President Pine Lake Park Taxpayers Improvement Association "The Clubhouse"
Manchester Twp School District May 29, 2012 at 05:51 PM
The BOE did not receive a request for either of our school bands to play at the parade this year but would certainly try to work out any future requests for appearances by our talented musicians.
ed good May 30, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Looks like an additional request item needs to be added to the Veterans Advisory Committee checklist for future events.,

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