U.S. Veterans are honored across the country today. Many towns are holding ceremonies and wreath-layings. The holiday was founded as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the anniversary of the Armistice of World War I the year before, to honor those who died in that war. In 1954, Congress formally expanded the holiday to include American Veterans of all wars, renaming it Veterans Day. Because it’s a Federal holiday, there is no mail and municipal offices are closed.
In Montclair, WBMA-TV is showing a two-part documentary called The Last Stand of USS Houston about the fate of the ship sunk on March 1, 1942. What happened to the ship was a mystery for nine months, until the war was over and the survivors were liberated from prison camps. The film airs today at 11 and 9, Saturday at 8 and will be On Demand as well, at www.wbmatv.com.
Montclair Township’s annual Veteran’s Day Memorial Service will be held today at 11 a.m. in Edgemont Park. The program will include Township Manager Marc D. Dashield as Master of Ceremonies, with speaker Commander Cheryl Turner of Crawford Crews American Legion Post 251. Gabriel Umar of the Boy Scouts of America, Troup #12 will provide a reflection and Rev. Steve Worthing of Unity of Montclair, will give the invocation and benediction.
Also attending will be representatives from veterans organizations which include the Crawford Crews American Legion Post 251, Lt. Vincent J. Russo American Legion Post 382, Disabled American Veterans, Daughters of the American Revolution Eagle Rock Chapter, as well as members of the Montclair Red Cross.
The Montclair Community Band will perform immediately prior to and after the ceremony and the band’s trumpeter Carl B. Witzig will sound Taps. The Montclair Honor Guard will open the program with the Advance of Colors and will conclude the ceremony with the Retirement of Colors.
In the event of rain, services will be held in the Municipal Building Council Chambers, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair.
For further information, please call Montclair Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Pat Brechka at 973-509-4915.
Most of the ceremonies state-wide begin at 11 a.m. although a few, like the annual Veterans Day Gala at the Newark Club in
Newark, take place tonight. In Livingston, in addition to today’s lunch for veterans at the Livingston Senior and Community Center from 11:30 to 1, there will be a service honoring veterans on Sunday at Temple Beth Shalom, 193 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue. Millburn’s Veterans Day ceremonies at the American Legion Post 140, 200 Main Street, beginning at 11, include free hot dogs and refereshments for all.
For a complete list of ceremony schedules across the state and full information see this article from the Star-Ledger.
Watch the Veteran’s Day ceremony in Bloomfield here!