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Belleville Planning Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony to Remember Heroes

By rlsmetro on

They fought for our independence, dug into trenches in northern France, battled the Axis powers on two fronts and made the ultimate sacrifice on battlefields from Seoul to Saigon to South Waziristan.

The Township will pause Monday to remember Belleville’s bravest, who gave their lives for freedom while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Mayor Michael Melham and the Township Council will present a virtual Memorial Day ceremony with the participation of local veterans groups.

The ceremony will start at noon at the Dutch Reform Church Cemetery, the resting place of dozens who fought in the Revolutionary War.

The ceremony will shift at 1 p.m. to Veterans Memorial Park, where the monument there is etched with the names of those from Belleville who lost their lives while serving our country, under the words, “Lest We Forget.”

“The current COVID-19 health crisis and the call for social distancing necessitates we hold a smaller tribute than in previous years,” Melham said. “But it will be no less heartfelt, solemn and reflective.

Their lives will be honored on Monday, whether they were from Belleville, came to rest in its soil or live on in our hearts.”

The ceremonies will be live streamed at