MONTCLAIR, NJ – Hundreds of Montclair residents gathered at Edgemont Memorial Park on Monday for the annual Memorial Day tribute.
After the national anthem was sung by Montclair high school student Brittany Hurlock, and the invocation from Rev. Dr. Paul Leggett of Grace Presbyterian Church, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson addressed the crowd honoring those who made a sacrifice for our nation.
Johnson, who has resided in Montclair for close to two decades, spoke fondly of the diverse community and progressive values. He then added the importance of remembering those who served the country. "We can't forget those who gave their lives in sacrifice for the rest of us."
Johnson added that he comes from a lineage of those who served in the US Military, noting two uncles who were Tuskegee Airmen.
Participating in the ceremony were House Gill students from Glenfield Middle School, Carrington Brooks and Deven Sukhdeo and Boy Scout Troop No. 12.
Major William Horn, USAF, Retired also addressed the crowd and spoke on his experiences serving the United States. Horn who served in Vietnam, said of his invitation to share his story, “I felt very honored and I was glad to be able to say a few comments.” He was born and raised in Washington State, entered the service in 1955 and served until 1977 “I then was everywhere in the world after there.” Horn relocated to the Montclair area after retirement to be closer to his son who is the minster of the Presbyterian Church in Montclair.
Horn said that he was honored to have served the country. “It is an honor, I consider it an honor to be able to serve this country like I did. All I can do is ask people to support the veterans.”