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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Tuesday, December 11 2018 @ 05:04 AM EST
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Tuesday, December 11 2018 @ 05:04 AM EST
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

Paramus Memorial Day, A Ceremony To Remember


Paramus Memorial Day
Paramus Veteran Officer Sam Casiello makes sure that the veterans are remembered. This year, he arranged the parade to start from Van Saun Park and forward to Paramus Memorial School. This  year, he had Sheriff Mike Saudino and County Executive Jim Tedesco  participate as well as the Paramus Veterans with the exception of the JWV who sent in regrets because Memorial Day coincided with Shevuot, a Jewish holiday which precluded involvement in the ceremony.

Paramus Memorial Day
The Grounds Committee under Rich Abbamont set up a stage and loudspeaker system from which Casiello welcomed and acknowledged all dignitaries. Laughter came forth when he misstated NJ Assemblyman Joe Lagana's position .He reverted back to his former rank as a Paramus Councilman. Sam quickly remedied the gaffe. Another problem arose when the priest who was to give the invocation wasn't immediately available. uickly, Casiello called upon the Fire Chaplain who pinch hit and did a fine job.

VFW Post 6699 Commander Art Bergmann was the designated representative of the veteran groups and boldly set at the job. Someone remarked later on that he was not a good dais speaker until they were alerted that Art is legally blind and needed assistance to perform the task. Considering his handicap, Bergmann did a stellar job, a true veteran!

Mayor Rich LaBarbiera was the keynote speaker and, as usual, gave interesting details about Paramus and Memorial Day. County Executive and former Mayor Jim Tedesco followed LaBarbiera and gave his talk without the benefit of reminders. Jim marched in the parade as a fireman as did Paramus Police Chief Kenny Ehrenberg, both members of our Paramus Bravest. Riding in Firehouse 2 fire engine was DPW Guy Piccone, also a concerned Paramus resident.

A mini-circus was performed by the motorcycle officers of the Paramus Police Department who formed a circle with their vehicles in action as they progressed. Later on, they stopped and spoke to the youngsters along the path who were watching their performance.

Paramus Veteran Officer Sam Casiello makes sure that our veterans are not forgotten!

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