PHOTOS/VIDEO: What began as a loving gesture blossomed into a genuine Memorial Day parade, complete with emergency vehicles and classic cars, at a pair of Bergen County nursing homes.
More than 100 vehicles were backed up for blocks Monday as they headed through the Buckingham Care and Rehabilitation Center and Brentwood Manor Residential Care Center, both in Norwood.
Norwood firefighters, Rockland paramedics and other emergency responders joined drivers from the Restored Rusty Relics classic car club and loved ones in a caravan that wove around the facilities.
“Because of the cancellation of Memorial Day parades, the Buckingham asked for family and friends to drive by to see their loved ones,” said Meredith Herman of Bergenfield. “Then it grew.
Herman adorned her pickup and made a sign for her friend, John Cahir of Tenafly, a resident at the Buckingham whom she hadn’t seen “since before the lockdown.”
“I am the closest thing that he has to family,” she said. “I take him out for haircuts, dinners, movies, etc….I had to take my mask off because he couldn’t tell it was me LOL.
“You should have seen the faces of the residents when the classic cars came through,” Sherman said. “The families were all waving and happy, too.”
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