Montclair Township held its annual Memorial Day tribute Monday in Edgemont Memorial Park.

The memorial at Edgemont, created in 1925 by Charles Keck, was built to honor the 69 young men Montclair lost during World War I. Since its original creation, monuments honoring soldiers who died in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War have been placed on the island.

How the Edgemont memorial came to be

The Montclair Police Honor Guard fires the salute at the 2021 Memorial Day ceremony at Edgemont Park. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Aiden Kwiatkowski of Boy Scout Troop 12 hands First Ward Councilman Bill Hurlock a program, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Montclair Community Band and the Bloomfield Civic Band perform “American, the Beautiful,” May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Barbara Rudy plays “America, the Beautiful” with the Montclair Community Band and the Bloomfield Civic Band, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Barbara Rudy plays with the Montclair Community Band and the Bloomfield Civic Band, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Carl B. Witzig plays alongside members of the Montclair Community Band and the Bloomfield Civic Band, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The Montclair Police Honor Guard prepares to march to the Edgemont Memorial Park war memorial, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Members of the Montclair Police Honor Guard prepare to march to the war memorial, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Montclair Police Honor Guard, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The Montclair Police Honor Guard marches to the war memorial, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
A member of the Montclair Police Honor Guard, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Deputy Mayor Bill Hurlock and Councilwoman Robin Schlager, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Mayor Sean Spiller, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Members of Troop 12 lead in the Pledge of Allegiance, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Frances Duffy sings the national anthem, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Imam Kevin Dawud Amin addresses the crowd, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Mayor Sean Spiller addresses the crowd, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Jaquan Scott of the Montclair Fire Department, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Sgt. Charles Cunningham, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Attendees observe the ceremony, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Peter Giuffra observes the ceremony, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Attendees observe the ceremony, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Attendees observe the ceremony, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Attendees observe the ceremony, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Attendees observe the ceremony, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Attendees observe the ceremony, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The Montclair Police Honor Guard fires the salute, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Carl B. Witzig plays “Taps,” May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Attendees listen as “Taps” is played, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Mayor Sean Spiller addresses the crowd, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Township Councilman Bob Russo steadies the flag, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Jaquan Scott and fire official Ron Catania of the Montclair Fire Department, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Eugene J. Byrne, resident of Montclair since the early 1940s, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Dede Duffy honors the memory of her uncle, whose name is listed on the World War II memorial, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Dede Duffy honors the memory of her uncle, whose name is listed on the World War II memorial, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
A flower rests at the Edgemont Memorial Park war memorial, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Al Colussy honors those who gave their lives, May 31, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)