BAYONNE, NJ - Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and other city officials gathered just steps away from the spot where JCPD Detective Joseph Seals, a Bayonne native, was executed by a gunman on Tuesday. While the slain hero cop was on everyone’s minds, the event at Jersey City’s Bayview Cemetery had an even larger meaning, honoring the service of all veterans that have served in the U.S. military, and those that have lost their lives in the fight for freedom.

Hosted by the Masonic Lodge of Bayonne, the event served as the local wreath laying effort coordinated by Wreaths Across America, and was one of more than 1600 expected to be held at locations in all 50 states, as well at sea and abroad. 

“We all owe a great deal to our veterans. Their selfless acts have paved the way for us all to enjoy the great freedoms in this country,” Davis, who added that he makes it a point to attend every year, said. “I always stress that if we look to our veterans, and understand that they unite, regardless of race, color, ethnicity or religion with one mission...it will give us hope about our country.”

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“Regardless of perceived divisions, our vets prove that Americans are united!”  

Councilman Juan Perez and OEM Coordinator Junior Ferrante, himself a veteran of the US Army, also laid wreaths.

Wreaths Across America has three guiding principles: Remember our fallen U.S. Veterans, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom.

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