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!