HOLMDEL, New Jersey, November 7, 2019: On November 11, 2019 the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF), in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will host New Jersey’s official Veterans Day Ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial located in Holmdel, New Jersey. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.
Major General Clark W. Martin, USAF (Ret) Chairman will commence the morning and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will be the keynote speaker. During the Ceremony, the Governor will also award eight businesses and towns "We Value Our Veterans" Community Awards, earned by upholding standards set by the New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Susan Barker Rilliet, Gold Star sister of Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker, U.S. Marine Corps, will also address the crowd.
Clark Martin from the NJVVMF will lead the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance and Broadway Star Pam Jorgensen will sing the National Anthem. Chaplain Joe Formola (N.J. State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America) will deliver the invocation and benediction. Wreaths will be laid at the Memorial by various organizations.
“Veterans Day is central to our mission. It’s a day when, regardless of differences, our community comes together to honor all who have served and continue to serve our country. This year, we are honored to host the official New Jersey state Veterans Day Ceremony,” said Sarah Taggart, Executive Director of the NJVVMF.
Museum admission is free for all visitors on November 11. The museum will open at 10:00 a.m. and remain open until 2:00 p.m. following the ceremony. The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and visitation is free. For more information on the Memorial or museum, call 732-335-0033 or visit www.njvvmf.org.
The facility is located at 1 Memorial Lane, adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 116 in Holmdel. There will be reserved handicapped parking at the Museum entrance. Overflow parking will be in Lot 4, or in the main PNC Bank Arts Center parking lot.
ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY VIETNAM VETERANS’ MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
Since 1995, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial has provided a place to remember and honor the 1,563 New Jerseyans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. Each year the Foundation welcomes thousands of visitors and guests to dozens of ceremonies, educational and outreach programs. The adjacent Vietnam Era Museum is the only museum of its kind in the country.
The Vietnam Era Museum is the first and only educational center and museum of its kind in the United States. Dedicated in September 1998, the Museum is devoted solely to gaining an understanding of the conflict in Southeast Asia and the surrounding political strife in America.