PARSIPPANY, NJ - On a bright crisp morning, a large crowd gathered at Veterans Memorial Park in Parsippany for the annual Veterans Day memorial service.
The program was poignant and personal. Included in the program was the Presentation of the Colors by the Color Guards of American Legion Post 249, led by Commander Bruce Michels and VFW Post 10184. The Invocation was said by Rev. Msgr. Herbert K. Tillyer of St. Peter the Apostle Church. Pledge of Allegiance was given by the Girl Scouts. Michelle Musolino-Roberts sang both the National Anthem and "America the Beautiful". The Honorable James Barberio, Mayor of Parsippany-Troy Hills gave the welcoming remarks that many attendees said were warm and emotional.
Also participating in the service were the Girl Scout Troop 95615 and Rvd. Donald Bragg, Pastor of Presbyterian Church who did the Benediction. The Parsippany Hills High School Choir sang during the service. A Cannon Salute was led by Al Florio, Commander, Lamb's Artillery Company with the Revolutionary Reenactment Group. Taps was performed by Anthony Paterno, of the Parsippany Hills High School and Boy Scout Troop 173. Eileen DeGraw was honored as a US Navy Veteran and Veterans Day Poems were read by Emily Smith and Julia Bruggeman of Girl Scout Troop 95615. Sofia McBride, Domenica Roberts, Samantha Tkach of the Girls Scouts of America read letters of thanks to the Veterans. The Laying of Wreaths was led by Bernard McElwee, State Service Officer.
Responsible for the logistics for this year's event were the Pramanik Family who sponsored the Revolutionary War Cannon; The Twp of Parsippany-Troy Hills; Michele Sylvin and Parks & Forestry and Matt Adamczyk of the American Legion Post 249.