PATERSON, NJ -  Thanks to the completion of a handicap access project at Veterans Memorial Park area veterans long restricted from fully participating in the annual Memorial Day service hosted by the Paterson Veterans Council due to mobility issues will have greater opportunity to pay their respects to the men and women that served and gave their lives for the United States.

While the unofficial opening of the new asphalt roadway leading up to the memorials that stand in honor of lost soldiers from Paterson took place earlier this month, the annual service on Monday will be the first one that attendees will be able to avail of the additional access.

The annual Memorial Day service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sign Up for E-News

“For too many years Tony and I stood on top of the hill and saw veterans down below that couldn’t make it up,” John Harris, Passaic County veterans officer told those gathered. According to Harris there are more than 14,000 military veterans living in Passaic County.

The completion of the $150,000 project paid for through Open Space grants from Passaic County, Tony Vancheri, President of the Paterson Veterans Council, said, is a “dream come true.”

“Veterans have always made a way for us,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said. “Now, we have made a way for them for them to honor those that paid the ultimate price."