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.
â€œItâ€™s really important that we honor our veterans and itâ€™s not just about saying thank you today, itâ€™s about saying thank you every day,â€ 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 â€œWar to End All Wars.â€
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 â€œSoldiers and Sailorsâ€ Monument by Charles Henry Niehaus.
He called it â€œa book of two chaptersâ€ 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 Hobokenâ€™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 â€œmake sure that our young people are reflecting on this as well and how important it is to honor our veterans.â€
Nicole Vij, an eighth grader at the Hoboken Catholic Academy, was another essay contest winner who couldnâ€™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.