Verona will mark Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, with a parade and a ceremony in front of Town Hall. The parade begins at Everett Field, which is on Bloomfield Avenue between Westview and Elmwood roads, at 10 a.m. and the ceremony begins when everyone gets to the center of town.
Memorial Day is the day to remember those who died in service to their country, and the monuments and plaques listing those names are all in the center of town. Verona, founded in 1907, was only seven years old when World War I broke out, yet there is a long list of names on the so-called doughboy monument. Further down the lawn is a monument to those who died in World War II and it too bears many names for a town of barely 9,000 people. For the names of those who died in Vietnam, you’ll need to go inside the municipal building. The Vietnam plaques have the names of all 123 Verona men and women who served, with asterisks on the six who died.
The names of many Veronans who died in combat have been marked with special street signs near where each had lived in town.