OCEAN TOWNSHIP: As the words on the Township of Ocean Historical Museum's float said," We don't know them all but we owe them all" as the town gathered to parade along Monmouth Road on a march to Fireman's Field, banners high, with music that fit the banner's sentiments.
It was the beginning of Ocean's Memorial Day remembrance.
It is a joyous celebration of our country's freedom, and a pause to give thanks to those who protected and saved that freedom with their courage and ultimate sacrifices over the history of America, our United States. Some of them are with us today, our veterans, men and women to whom the nation owes its solemn yet joyful gratitude. Some are with us in memory.
The marchers - bands, firefighters and first aiders, police, community volunteer and service groups, the scouting groups of the youths, the light-hearted frolickers in costumes of joyfulness - showed the freedom, often taken for granted, yet remembered on this special day.
At Firemen's Field the joy was captured in the games and rides for the children, fun foods for all, a band who entertained with music of today and the not too distant past. And of Americans together, free.
It was day of "Never Forget", and of "Always Remember". A tribute to those who gave us "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."