HOLMDEL, NJ--The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) will host the annual Memorial Day ceremony virtually via Facebook and Instagram Live at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25. The virtual ceremony will begin with a benediction by Joe Formola, chaplain of the New Jersey State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, and welcoming remarks from Melissa Ziobro, professor at Monmouth University and NJVVMF Trustee.

https://www.njvvmf.org/memorial-day/The ceremony will include the national anthem, sung by Broadway performer Ali Gleason; remarks from New Jersey Vietnam Veterans on the meaning of Memorial Day; scholarship presentation by Rebecca DiBrienza, teacher at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School and NJVVMF Teacher of the Year; reading of the winning scholarship essays by Abigail Lim and Julia Zulin; and closing remarks by Jillian Decker, NJVVMF Director of Development.  

To remember those who have lost their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces, the public is invited to participate in the virtual ceremony by recording a video clip saying “we remember” and submitting it to gwaters@njvvmf.org. The deadline for video submissions is May 20.   The ceremony will be uploaded to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation website, https://www.njvvmf.org/memorial-day/, following the virtual ceremony. 

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Join us on Monday, May 25th for our virtual Memorial Day ceremony.

This event will be broadcast live at 11:00AM across our social media and posted afterward here on our website.

Thank you for remembering those that lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces – we look forward to seeing you on the 25th.


Joe Formola, Chaplain of the NJ State Council of VVA

Welcoming Remarks
Melissa Ziobro, Professor at Monmouth University & NJVVMF Trustee

National Anthem
Ali Gleason

What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans

Scholarship Presentation
Rebecca DiBrienza, Scotch Plains Fanwood High School & NJVVMF Teacher of the Year

Reading of 2020 Winning Scholarship Essays
Abigail Lim & Julia Zulin

Closing Remarks
Jillian Decker, NJVVMF Director of Development


Melissa Ziobro, Emcee, NJVVMF Trustee
Jillian Decker, Video Editing, NJVVMF Director of Development
Tom Phillips, Drone Flyover Videography
BenSound, Music Backtracks