MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Despite the atypical end-of-May weather, hundreds of Borough residents, families and friends turned out to pay tribute to the fallen members of the country’s armed forces on Monday.
The annual ceremony was held at the newly constructed Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, relocated from its original location on Constitution Plaza last fall. Local dignitaries present included Colonel Timothy McLaughlin, Nancy Munoz, Mayor Paul Mirabelli, Father Richard of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, and Mountainside Council members Mortimer, Andre and Messler.
Former Mountainside resident Leo Corradi, a highly decorated Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, was designated as Grand Marshal of the event. Corradi worked closely with longtime Mountainside resident Mr. William Tomco, to redesign and relocate the new plaza, which was officially opened on Veteran’s Day last November.
Mr. Tomco, who passed away in March of this year, was a WWII Navy veteran honored by U.S. and France. He was the recipient of many medals and commendations, including the Purple Heart as well as the French Legion of Honor, the highest military decoration bestowed in France.
At the conclusion of the hour long ceremony, the crowd gathered at Pollard Hall at Our Lady of Lourdes Church for an indoor picnic lunch. And while the parade was canceled because of the on-again off-again rain showers, the spirit of the Mountainside community could not have been brighter.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.