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Memorial Day, May 27, 2019 – American Legion Post 53

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Ridgewood NJ, About 200 residents and friends attended the annual Memorial Day celebration conducted by American Legion Post 53 at Ridgewood’s Van Neste Square Memorial Park. 2019 is the American Legion’s 100th anniversary as a veterans organization, and Post 53’s 100th anniversary as an American Legion post. 


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Village of Ridgewood Website Once Again Omits Mention of Memorial Day Service

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Ridgewood NJ, the Village of Ridgewood hosted it’s annual Memorial Day Service at Van Nest square. The service featured the Ridgewood High School wind ensemble . It is a wonderful tradition hosted by the Village and American Legion Post 53.

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the Ridgewood Blog says a Big Thank You on this Memorial day

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who sacrificed their lives for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are grieving. May we, as Abraham Lincoln famously said, “highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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A Short History of Memorial Day

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May 28,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance . “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For many decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

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Only 55% of Americans know what Memorial Day is about

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Ridgewood NJ, from Nicholas Carico’s American History Facebook Page :

Memorial Day is next Monday, May 27. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, a recent survey found that roughly only half of Americans know the meaning or purpose of the holiday: honoring and remembering the nation’s war dead—that is, those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Only 55% of Americans know what Memorial Day is about, and only about one in five plan to fly a flag at half-staff or attend a patriotic event on May 27, according to a Harris poll survey commissioned by the University of Phoenix.

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Village of Ridgewood Offices Closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day

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Ridgewood NJ, Village of Ridgewood offices will be closed Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.  There will be no sanitation or recycling collection on that day.  The Recycling  Center will also be closed.

Village offices will reopen for business on Tuesday, May 28th.

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NJ TRANSIT OFFERS ‘EARLY GETAWAY’ SERVICE FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

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Kids Ride NJ TRANSIT Free All Weekend with Family SuperSaver Fare

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT is kicking off Memorial Day weekend with “early getaway” rail and bus service on Friday, May 24 to accommodate customers escaping early for the holiday weekend. 

NJ TRANSIT is making it easy and affordable to have fun in the sun, with a variety of discounted summer savings packages. Memorial Day weekend is a great time for customers to take advantage of NJ TRANSIT’s discounted travel packages to destinations including the Jersey Shore, Six Flags Great Adventure and Monmouth Park.

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MEMORIAL DAY – MAY 29 – VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD OFFICES CLOSED

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MEMORIAL DAY – MAY 29 – VILLAGE OFFICES CLOSED

May 29,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, All Village Offices will be closed on May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.  There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on that day.  The Recycling Center will be open on Saturday, May 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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HELP HONOR VETERANS AT THEIR GRAVESITES – 9 AM – MAY 20

Ridgewood Honors Veterans

May 16,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood American Legion Post 53 will be placing over 900 flags on veterans gravesites on Saturday, May 20th 2017. We will meet at at 9:am at Valleau Cemetery.

Everyone is invited to help us in this endeavor to honor those men and women in time for Memorial Day. Bring your children and friends and neighbors. A brief rite will take place  with playing of TAPS .