BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A respectful crowd gathered to commemorate Veterans Day in Berkeley Heights Tuesday morning. Veterans, families, and members of the Berkeley Heights governing body gathered at 11 a.m. on the lawn of VFW Post 6259 to pay respects on Veterans Day.

The Union High School Color Guard led the flag salute and the Pledge of Allegiance. Reverend Andrew Pachar, Pastor of The Chuch of the Little Flower, opened the ceremony with an Invocation.

“Today can be a happy Veterans Day for those who are alive -- sadly, every veteran remembers their brothers who have passed," said Post Commander Faukner. "The spirit of America lives today because of our Veterans who sacrificed years of their lives for the good of those they left behind. And for those that have come and those that will continue to come along, and enjoy the sacrifices -- to living lives of freedom -- basking in the joy of being Americans. God Bless America."

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Faukner recognized past Post Commanders in attendance along with Mayor Joe Bruno, Mayor-Elect Bob Woodruff, Councilman Ed Delia and Craig Pastore and thanked them for attending the ceremony.

"Today is a day to say thank you to the veterans for their service to our country," said Mayor Joe Bruno. "When you see a veteran today or tomorrow, take the time to say thank you."