NEWARK, NJ – There will be two opportunities for local residents to honor those who have served this country. On Nov. 10, Essex County will host a ceremony and on Nov. 11, Montclair Township will host the annual ceremony at Edgemont Park.
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. will join with U.S. military veterans from Essex County at the Essex County Veterans Day Observance in Essex County Veterans' Memorial Park in Newark on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The ceremony will begin at noon at the Essex County Veterans Memorial Park, located at West Market Street in Newark.
Montclair Township will also be hosting their annual Veteran's Day ceremony on Wednesday at Edgemont Park in Montclair at 11 a.m.
Essex County employees who are veterans of the seven branches of the military represented in the Essex County Armed Forces monument are invited to attend the ceremony.
“Throughout our country’s history, brave men and women have put their lives on hold to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces at home and abroad. Our Essex County Veterans Memorial Park was created to provide veterans with a place to find serenity and comfort and provide a constant reminder to the public about their contributions and sacrifices,” DiVincenzo said. “We are proud to stand with our veterans at this important occasion, give them our respect and thank them for representing our country with valor and bravery,” he added.
It will be held RAIN or SHINE.
Essex County Veterans Memorial Park became the first new Essex County park developed in Newark in 80 years when it opened in September 2009. It was created on the site of an antiquated parking garage that opened in the 1960s and had become an community eyesore. The 2.7-acre park has about 400 trees, shrubs and perennials, two small meadows, the Armed Forces Memorial, walking paths and decorative metal archways at the entrances. The Armed Forces Memorial includes a circular water fountain surrounded by 10 flagpoles and a short granite wall. The flags of the seven branches of the military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Army National Guard and Air Force National Guard – fly from 25-foot poles while the New Jersey State flag and Essex County flag fly from 30-foot poles and the American flag flies from a 35-foot pole at the center of the display. At the base of each flag pole on the granite wall is the official agency or government seal.