MONTCLAIR, NJ - The annual Montclair Township Veterans Day Tribute was held on Saturday, November 11 in Edgemont Park.
Mayor Robert Jackson served as Master of Ceremonies and U.S. Army veteran Michael Turgeon was this year's speaker.
U.S. Marine Corp. Sergeant Brett D'Alessandro provided remarks. Sgt. D'Alessandro is 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) performed the invocation and benediction and Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, Co-Senior Minister at UUC, blessed the wreaths.
The national anthem was sung by Montclair High School student Destiny Davis and members of Boy Scouts Troop 12 led the pledge of allegiance.
The Montclair Community Band performed immediately prior to and after the ceremony, while the band's trumpeter Carl B. Witzig sounded with Taps at the end of the ceremony.
The Montclair Honor Guard opened the program with the Advance of Colors and then concluded the ceremony with the Retirement of Colors.
All photos courtesy of the Township of Montclair