Beachwood Plans Memorial Day Events

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BEACHWOOD – The borough has planned an itinerary of events for Memorial Day, involving a parade, re-dedication of a fountain, and a town picnic.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. At the fire house on Beachwood Boulevard. This will be followed by a ceremony at Monument Park at 11:30 a.m.

At the ceremony, there will be a call to attention by Police Chief Robert Tapp, and an invocation by Deacon George Swanson from St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church in Bayville. He is the fire company’s chaplain as well.

“The Star Spangled Banner” will be sung by Courtney Zahn, who appeared in American Idol in 2015.

Wreaths will be presented for deceased military members from recent wars by the following people:

  • WWII – Rosario Gennaro
  • Korean War – Vito Mastropasqua
  • Vietnam War – John Langan and Frank Seitz
  • Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom – Sgt. Derrick Mussari

Following this part of the ceremony will be a performance by the Toms River High School North Marching Band and a bugler.

There will be a gun salute by American Legion Post 129 of Toms River, and a closing statement by Mayor Ron Roma.

Then, the Centennial Fountain will be re-dedicated near the gazebo across from Mayo Park. This is being done for Beachwood’s 100th anniversary, recalling a time when the borough was first being settled and they had a town fountain.

From noon to 5 p.m., there will be a town picnic at Mayo Park. There will be a DJ and an antique car show. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served as part of the Beachwood Volunteer EMS fundraiser.