The annual Memorial Day parade, which this year was held in Basking Ridge center, and presented by the , was brief — it always is.
But Township Mayor Mary Pavlini — who said during the ceremony by the town center's flag pole that she was remembering her uncle Oscar L. Davis, Jr., who died in France on Oct. 2, 1944 at age 34 — urged those who would leave the parade and head off to activities on a beautiful summer day to pause to remember.
"Spare a moment and raise a glass to those — known and unknown — who are keeping us free," she said, as a crowd gathered not far from the historic oak tree overlooking a cemetary with veterans back to the American Revolution.
And Monday morning carried the promise of a day for enjoying Memorial Day activities. The sun was shining a crowds gathered along South Finley Avenue to watch the parade begin at and proceed up to the triangle in front of
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