Rainbow Lakes Honors America’s Heroes

Bill DeGrosky, Commander of Rainbow Post 451 of the American Legion was the master of ceremonies
Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio addressing the members in the audience
Morris County Clerk and Parsippany resident Ann Grossi takes the podium and talks about Veterans and the important tasks her office handles for all Veterans
The flags symbolize the American Soldiers who lost their lives in war. World War I – 116,700 dead; World War II – 407,316 dead; Korean War, 36,914 dead; Viet Nam – 58,169 dead; Lebanon, Grenada and Panama; The Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan. The memorial wreath was presented by Mayor James Barberio
Firemen, Policemen, volunteers, girl scouts, boy scouts, Veterans, and members of the public were all present in the audience watching the ceremony

On Saturday, May 27, immediately following the Rainbow Lakes Memorial Day Parade, everyone gathered in the ballfields off Oakdale Road to honor the memory of our fallen soldiers.

This Memorial weekend is one of our most solemn patriotic observances. We are gathered here to honor those who died in service to our nation. History resounds with the thousands of battles on land and sea and in the air that echo the glory of their valiant deeds. We are the beneficiaries of their great gift. Because of them, our lives are free. Because of them, our nation lives. Because of them, our children will grow in a free land, said Bill DeGrosky.

He continued by saying, “Since we met last, Sgt. James Vigilante, former Member of the Council and a good friend of Rainbow was suddenly taken from us. He was always proud to take part in this ceremony and I hope he is with us today in spirit,” said DeGrosky.