EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dozens of East Brunswick residents gathered at the Municipal Complex to celebrate local veterans, their service, and, in some cases, their memory this Monday evening. 

Mayor Brad Cohen greeted those in attendance by citing the special significance of this year's centennial anniversary of the signing of the armistice that concluded World War I in 1918.  He went on to draw a distinction between the positive aspects of patriotism and the negative possibilities of nationalism.

The focus of other speeches lay on the importance of community support for military families, especially those currently in service.

The somber event was bolstered by the participation of Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, local veterans organizations, East Brunswick first responders, the Community Chorus, and local politicians and clergy.  Commemorative wreaths were set before the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.