PATERSON, NJ- A monument to veterans will be unveiled and blessed at a special ceremony on Saturday Oct. 28 at St. John the Baptist Cathedral. The event, a collaboration between the diocesan Catholic Charities’ Catholic Family and Community Services-Veteran Services and Passaic County Veteran Services will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Msgr. Mark Giordani, the cathedral’s rector, will preside over the ceremony which will also include several guest speakers and veterans. A procession into the cathedral will follow the blessing where Msgr. Giordani will celebrate Mass.

“This is our small way of honoring all veterans that served their country within the Diocese,” said David Pearson, Assistant Director of Veteran Services and Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF), Catholic Family and Community Services. “Many of them were severely wounded, with some making the ultimate sacrifice and losing their lives defending our country.

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The Diocese of Paterson includes Passaic, Morris and Sussex Counties and, according to the 2016 census, is home to approximately 46,000 veterans.

Free parking for the event will be available at the Passaic County parking garage on Grand Street across from St. John the Baptist Cathedral.