Medford Council to celebrate Memorial Day with services

Several outdoor events will be held this year

The following release is from Medford Township:

Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day and in observance all Township administrative offices and the DPW Yard will be closed.

Council members and a contingent from VFW Post 7677 plan to incorporate two brief memorial services at the South Main Street (Medford Memorial Community Center) and Freedom Park Memorials, and pay respects during their traditional schedule of cemetery visitations on Saturday morning, May 29. The observances will start at 10:00 a.m. at the cemetery located on Stokes Road and Himmelein Road, then proceed by vehicles to the three cemeteries in Medford Village, then onto the Veterans monuments located adjacent to the Community Center for service including a prayer, wreath laying and 21-gun salute. The contingent will then proceed to Freedom Park for another service including prayers, wreath-laying and a 21-gun salute. The Township has placed wreaths at all of the Veterans monuments and cemeteries. Volunteers from Union Fire Company and Medford Fire have placed flags on the graves of all veterans.

The Governor’s most recent Executive Orders mandating that 6 feet of social distancing still be maintained for all outdoor events has compelled Township officials to make the difficult decision to forgo the annual parade this year.

In addition, the Sunrise Rotary of Medford will be unveiling their third annual “Field of Honor” at Freedom Park. Beginning on Friday, May 28, 2021 Rotarians and community volunteers will erect over 320 full-size American flags on 7 1/2 foot flag poles in Freedom Park in perfectly symmetrical rows. Medallions will be placed on flags with details of the nominated “heroes.” The Field of Honor® will remain for a full week, from May 29 through June 4, 2021.This inspiring and memorable display will draw together residents of Medford as well as Burlington County and surrounding areas to honor the heroes who have touched our lives and served our community and our nation.

Please stop by any of these locations and/or pause for a few moments on Monday to honor those military members and their families who have sacrificed so much in service to our nation.

Other Township services affected by Memorial Day include the following:

Trash collection will be collected one day later than usual. Regular trash will be collected as follows:

Monday’s route will be collected Tuesday

Tuesday’s route will be collected Wednesday

Wednesday’s route will be collected Thursday

Thursday’s route will be collected Friday

Friday’s route will be collected Saturday

Scheduled Bulk Collection will take place on Thursday, June 3. Questions about trash collection should be directed to the Department of Neighborhood Services at 609-654-6791.