Monmouth County veterans remember the sacrifice of others on Memorial Day

BY Lauren Wanko, Correspondent |

Flags gracefully blew in the wind as veterans proudly walked the streets of Manasquan.

The Manasquan VFW Post 1838 has been coordinating a Memorial Day parade for the past 30 years or so. About two dozen different organizations from Southern Monmouth County participate.

The parade ends with a wreath laying ceremony, and hundreds gathered to honor our nation’s heroes.

Air Force veteran Winfield Atno, better known as Bud, has attended Memorial Day parades since he was a little boy.

“My father was a World War I veteran,” he said, “and I saw Spanish American War veterans, World War I veterans and there was even a car with Civil War veterans.”

The Manasquan VFW Post 1838 has hundreds of members from the town and surrounding communities. Atno joined in the early 90s.

Veterans like him remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country, not just on Memorial Day, but everyday.