MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township's annual Veterans Day Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. in Edgemont Park. Mayor Robert Jackson will be Master of Ceremonies and U.S. Army veteran Michael Turgeon will be this year's speaker.
U.S. Marine Corp. Sergeant Brett D'Alessandro will provide remarks – Sgt. D'Alessandro is also the founder of Backpacks for Life, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to homeless veterans.
Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, Co-Senior Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation (UUC), will perform the invocation and benediction and Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, Co-Senior Minister at UUC, will bless the wreaths. Montclair High School student Destiny Davis will sing the national anthem and members of Boy Scouts Troop 12 will lead the pledge of allegiance.
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Also attending will be representatives from veterans organizations which include the Crawford Crews American Legion Post 251, Lt. Vincent J. Russo American Legion Post 382, Disabled American Veterans, Daughters of the American Revolution Eagle Rock Chapter, as well as members of the Montclair Red Cross.
The Montclair Community Band will perform immediately prior to and after the ceremony and the band's trumpeter Carl B. Witzig will sound Taps.
The Montclair Honor Guard will open the program with the Advance of Colors and will conclude the ceremony with the Retirement of Colors.
In the event of rain, services will be held in the Municipal Building Council Chambers, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair. For more information, please call 973-509-4915.