Memorial Day is upon us once again. It was taught to me when I was a child that Memorial Day was a day to commemorate all the armed forces who gave their lives defending our country.
Somehow along the way, some people became misunderstood and confuse Memorial Day with Veteran's Day. Veteran's Day is a day to "honor" all the armed forces who have and/or are defending our country. I have seen a lot of Memorial Day media messages that seem to mix the two. But, hey, at least these brave people are being acknowledged somehow. That's what counts.
Thinking about Memorial Day got me to really reminisce about my childhood and growing up in Somerville, New Jersey. Coming from a family of military members and a father who served during WWII, it was acknowledged as a special day.
|My Dad, oldest brother Tom and me. We were all about the service!|
Memorial Day also was the mark of the annual Somerville Bicycle Races. These races were quite famous and drew people from all over New Jersey. They began after the parade finished. The races still continue to this day.
That said, I went through and found some great images of my hometown of Somerville and though I would share them with you. It was a great place to grow up in the 60's and 70's and holds some of the best memories for me. I hope you enjoy a little bit of the history both personal and public!!
|Main Street Somerville in the very early 60's. I wish I had a dime for every mile I walked up and down Main St.|
|Main Street today. Not quite the same but it does still have "the feel" in this one spot.|
|The Hotel still stands and operates today and is thought to be haunted now.|
|Lee Van Cleef, famous actor (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) was born and raised in Somerville. I always was fascinated that a famous movie star came from my town when I was little.|
|The Howard Johnson's where I spent many a birthday. I was a member of "The HoJo Club". Dinner, birthday cake and ice cream! They had the best fried clams too.|
I hope you enjoyed my little piece of hometown history. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!!