Mellen's pin embodies and symbolizes her deep faith in God and the passionate love of her Irish heritage. She chose the 3 leafed shamrock that St. Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity to the people of Ireland. Mellen has chosen the Claddagh symbol that rests on top of the shamrock. The Claddagh represents friendship, loyalty and love which Mellen holds dear to heart. The pin also contains the colors of Ireland's National Flag. The Green represents the Catholic faith, the Orange represents the Protestant faith and the White is for the hope of peace between them.
John's pin is a badge shape with blue inlay that represents his career in Law Enforcement, and service to the West Orange community. The Celtic Cross including the trinity knots and green background represents his Irish Catholic faith, heritage and is a remembrance of his Father, relatives and friends that are no longer with us. The Claddagh is incorporated into the cross and represents John's wedding ring that he and Dana purchased in “The Claddagh Shop" in County Galway. It stands their friendship, loyalty and love. The three leafed shamrock represent their three children, Cara Ann, Jack Richard and Ryan Patrick and finally the flags represent his pride in his Irish and American heritage along with his faith, family and traditions
Bobby's pin has significant meaning and detail included in his pin. The Lamb Family Crest sits alongside the Celtic Cross that signifies Bobby's deep devotion to his Irish Catholic faith and heritage. Incorporated in the border is the American Flag and the Flag of the Irish Republic to express his love for the United States and Ireland. Finally, the background of the pin is Blue or also known as "St. Patrick's Blue".
Patrick chose a simple design for his pin, incorporating the American flag to symbolize his patriotism and the Irish flag to symbolize his Irish heritage. The tri-color Irish flag is also laid over the State of NJ. This is the symbol of the NJ Irish Festival, where Patrick served as Chairman in 2009 and continues to serve as an officer. The NJ Irish Festival will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary on June 7, 2020. Through his involvement with the Festival, Patrick has had the privilege to work with dozens of Irish organizations throughout NJ.
The blue and yellow cougar paw represents the Township of Cranford. Patrick and his wife Tara moved to Cranford 11 years ago to raise their three kids. He has the honor of being elected to the township committee twice, currently serving as Mayor. Cranford residents have a tremendous amount of community pride with young and old wearing Cranford gear. This pin will be another way for him to show pride in his community.
While most parade pins are green, he chose blue so that it stands out amongst all the green!