Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the city council, Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) and Hoboken American Legion Post 107 all came together for a Veterans Day ceremony at Elysian Park yesterday.
“It’s really important that we honor our veterans and it’s not just about saying thank you today, it’s about saying thank you every day,” Zimmer shared in an interview with Hudson County View.
The ceremony purposely commenced at 11 a.m. on November 11th, signifying the end of the “War to End All Wars.”
American Legion Post 107 Chaplain Vincent Wassman began the commemoration with a prayer for the lives lost in the fight for democracy.
Mark Villamar, also from American Legion, shared the symbolism of the “Soldiers and Sailors” Monument by Charles Henry Niehaus.
He called it “a book of two chapters” one telling a story of victory and the other serving as a monument to those who perished.
The event concluded with a reading from Arianna Santiago, one of the winners of the City of Hoboken’s second annual Veterans Day essay contest.
Santiago, an eighth grader at Hoboken Middle School, dedicated her essay to her uncle, a Vietnam veteran.
Zimmer referred to the contest as a way to “make sure that our young people are reflecting on this as well and how important it is to honor our veterans.”
Nicole Vij, an eighth grader at the Hoboken Catholic Academy, was another essay contest winner who couldn’t attend the ceremony.
There were a total of 100 submissions for the contest.
Hudson County View would like to say Thank You to everyone who served our country.