BAYONNE, NJ – There probably isn’t a more fitting time for Louis Giovanni Sr. to be named Bayonne’s Senior Citizen of the Year than the week leading up to Memorial Day.

That’s because the Korean War veteran feels he was named to the honor for his many years of service to veterans and their organizations.

“I’ve been involved with the Christmas toy drive for 50 years and with veterans’ parades,” Giovanni said. “It’s because of my military service and dedication to the veterans’ organizations, to our county and to our city.”

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Giovanni and his counterparts from Hudson County’s other municipalities were honored at a luncheon on May 25 at Casino in the Park in Jersey City.

“He’s number one. He served our country proudly,” said Bayonne Councilman Juan Perez. “He’s always involved in community affairs, everywhere we have an event. He deserves it.” 

Perez, Mayor James Davis and Business Administrator Joseph DeMarco attended the gala to support Bayonne’s honoree.

“He’s a good man,” Perez added. “I’m very proud to be here for him.”

Giovanni said he was surprised, but grateful, when he found out he had been nominated for the honor by Lori Anderson of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation and Mayor Davis.

“It means a lot to me,” Giovanni said.