SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The crowds came out in force Thursday night in support of the Doo Wop Concert by Jersey Jukebox, held to raise money for the Vietnam Memorial to be built in front of the Scotch Plains City Hall.
Co-sponsored by the township of Scotch Plains and John’s Meat Market, the concert defied the weather odds and provided a grand finale finish to the summer concert series.
Bob LaCosta, head of the Building Department for Scotch Plains, is a veteran of the Vietnam War and has long been a proponent of having a memorial to commemorate the more than 58,000 young Americans who died. “It’s really about time,” he concluded.
Mayor Kevin Glover joined LaCosta and Vincent Losavio of John’s Meat Market in roaming the crowd to collect donations. While a final count is not yet in, LaCosta was confident that they would “make their mark.”
“I think this was one of the single most exciting events Scotch Plains has ever had,” Glover said. “Kudos to Bob LaCosta, Vinnie Losavio and Ralph Checchio, three hometown boys who really put their passion into this, and to the honor guard and the vendors such as Mara’s Bakery – everyone deserves a big hand for making this so successful.”
“Thursday, we welcomed home our veterans – so many of them came home and never got their due recognition. Now all of us can help with that recognition by donating to the memorial,” Glover said.
Donations can be sent to Town Hall in care of Bob LaCosta.