NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Once again members of American Legion Post 433 in New Providence gathered with friends and family to commemorate Veterans Day.
On Sunday the post chaplain welcomed everyone and offered a prayer, which included a wish that people of every land “may form a brotherhood which will strive to further the arts of peace under laws and ethics blessed by Thy love,”
Post Commander Paul Dormont spoke earnestly about the men and women of the United States who “set aside their civilian pursuits to serve their nation’s cause, defending the freedom of mankind and preserving our precious American heritage.”
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, the world observed “the passing of 100 years since the signing of the Armistice at Compiègne, France, in 1918. A treaty which brought to an end the ‘great War, The War to end all wars,’” said Dormont. As the world knows, the end of World War I did not bring an end to war, much less lead to world peace, “Since that signing, America has been involved in some 44 military actions,” he said.
For members of the American Legion, World War I is especially important because it led to the founding of the American Legion, along with “a commitment by this country to care for veterans who came home blinded by mustard gas, shell-shocked from trench warfare, or impoverished due to their military service,” Dormont said. Despite that commitment, “veterans still have a higher chance of homelessness than those who have not served in uniform,” and his or her highly skilled services learned in the military are often not appreciated by the civilian sector, “where ‘certifications’ and college degrees sometimes outweigh common sense,” he said.
He suggested that along with thanking a veteran, employers should “hire a veteran,” and offer hope and opportunity to veterans.
Following the benediction, the buffet line was opened. Local restaurants provided scones, bagels, pizza, sloppy Joes, pierogi, pasta, green salad, sausage and peppers, and more. Food was donated by Avenue Deli; Bellariva; Beyond Delicious; Coppola; Bagel Cafe; Jersey Mike’s; Old Glory; Paolos’ Kitchen; Prestige Diner; Tables for 2 and the Towne Deli.
Members of the Lions Club served lunch and kept the coffee and tea hot. Desserts, which were plentiful and popular, were made by the New Providence Senior Citizens Club.
Entertainment was provided by Kathy Martin and Mary Damato, who form "The Cover Girls." They performed a variety of songs from the 1940s through the 1970s, as well as service anthems.