Jersey City residents gathered in front of City Hall to march in their very first Veterans Day Parade to honor those who fought for our country.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, along with the City Council, District 31 Assembly-elects Angela McKnight and Nicholas Chiaravalloti, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-31), Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33) and Bayonne Councilman-at-large Juan Perez.
The long list of dignitaries thanked all the participants, veterans and their families for their service at City Hall, the starting point of the parade.
â€œIt is hard to show enough appreciation for the work that all of you do, veterans here. Itâ€™s inspired me to think about how this country is built on an entirely volunteer military,” exclaimed Fulop, a U.S. Marine veteran.
“People raise their hands and sign up to serve this country. It happens every day and itâ€™s really what make this country special and we can never do enough to honor our veterans.”
The ceremony included musical performances from local artists, as well as a special tribute to armed forces was held at Harsimous Cemetery, where the parade ended.
The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery has been hosting veteran events since 2007, but this is the first time a parade was organized.
City and state officials greeted and thank all the veterans who participated in the parade at the entrance of Harsimus Cemetery, a six-acre site where soldiers from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War as well as Jersey Cityâ€™s earliest mayors and freeholders were laid to rest.