CHATHAM, NJ - Monday marked the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice Day, the ending of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, which was commemorated in a proclamation made by President Woodrow Wilson in 2019.
Nov. 11 became Veterans Day in 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower when made it a day to remember for all those who fought in wars representing the United States of America.
The Green Village Fire Department honored all Veterans, including Chatham Township residents, at its annual ceremony held at the Green Village triangle on Monday.
The ceremony, emceed by Janet Doherty of the GVFD Auxiliary, included the Star-Spangled Banner sung by Leslie MacDonald, the placing of the wreath by GVFD Chief Mike Zalis, cannon blasts and a prayer led by Pastor Annie Williams of Green Village United Methodist Church.
The ceremony also featured "Taps" played on the bugle by Rudy Savoie, and MacDonald's rendition of the Veterans version of "Hallelujah" written by Sailor Jerri.
"Veterans Day is for everybody," Chatham Township Sgt. Anthony Loporto, a veteran of the Navy, said. "It's for everyone who has served, who is serving and who is going to serve. It's for everyone who has someone in their family who is serving."
Janet Doherty makes opening remarks at Green Village Fire Department's Veterans Day ceremony
Green Village Fire Department Chief Mike Zalis lays wreath in honor of the fallen
Rudy Savoie plays "Taps" during the ceremony
Cannon blasts set off during Veterans Day ceremony