HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township's 11th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Will Be Held On Monday, Nov. 11th with guest speaker Lt. Col. Jon Lapidow, a graduate of Hillsborough High School  who recently retired after serving 30 years in the Army.

The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at the Garden of Honor, located at the Hillsborough Township Municipal Complex.

“It is an absolute honor to celebrate our Veterans and we invite members of the community to observe the Garden of Honor ceremony,” said Mayor Frank DelCore.

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Lapidow is a lifelong resident of the state of New Jersey. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in Homeland Security from Thomas Edison University. He was commissioned as an oficer in 1993, after four years as an enlisted soldier.

During his 30-year active-duty career, Lapidow served in various positions with the New Jersey National Guard. Some of those highlights included being the headquarters commander, the Plans Officer, and a Blackhawk mission pilot for the 1-150th Air Assault Battalion, as well as being the New Jersey Counterdrug Task Force Commander. He also served as an instructor for the Rutgers ROTC Program.

Lapidow’s  career field is aviation and has served most of his career as an Army helicopter pilot. He is qualified in the Kiowa, Cobra, Apache, and Blackhawk helicopters.

Lapidow planned and conducted multiple combat aviation missions while deployed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005.

The Veterans Day program will include a ceremony at the Garden of Honor followed by a brief reception for participating veterans, their spouses and guests in the multipurpose room where refreshments will be served. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Senior Activity Room.

All those attending are asked to bring a canned good to be donated to the Hillsborough Community Assistance Network. For a list of items that are most needed, please visit www.hillsborough-nj.org.