UNION BEACH - Union Beach residents spent their Memorial Day not only commemorating those lost in war, but also what life was like in their community before Superstorm Sandy struck.

The Memorial Day tradition of tossing a wreathing from into the Raritan Bay to commemorate the brave soldiers that gave their lives for our countries was different this year due to the loss of Post 321. Veterans could not file into the post to watch the event since Sandy blew a hole in the wall.

Thanks to insurance money and donations, the community plans to build a new $700,000 legion with a balcony overlooking the water so the tradition can survive.

Neighbors say there have been vast improvements since Sandy decimated their homes, but there is still a lot to be done to get things back to normal.

Empty lots sit in the rainy haze while residents wait for their insurance money and the FEMA flood maps that will allow them to rebuild.

The beach will be open for sunbathing next week.