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The Best Kept Memorial Day Secret in Orange

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May 262019
 

Today we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those brave men and women who served this country and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Everyone knows about the Parade, the ceremony prior to the parade and the brief service at the cemetery afterward.

The one thing that only I have covered in the past 15-20 years is the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Memorial ceremony on the Town Green at the Firemen’s Memorial Stone which is located at the opposite end of the green from the church.

Every year, after the cemetery service, members of the OVFD march down to the memorial and the officers read the names of all the deceased firefighters who served in the department.

I encourage all residents who are still around after the parade to try to attend and see just how special it is. No one outside of the OVFD family (and I) have ever been there,  but it is quite touching and a nice solemn way to recognize and honor these brave men and women.