PATERSON, NJ - Paterson paused for a few moments on Monday to commemorate Veteran’s Day, and, more importantly, give thanks to the men and women that have served in the US military.

The backdrop of the annual event was Veterans Memorial Park at Hayden Heights, meticulously manicured in a manner fitting of the occasion. 

Mayor Andre Sayegh led a lineup of speakers that also included several members of the Paterson City Council, Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott, and Paterson Police Deputy Chief Michael Baycora. 

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Longtime Paterson resident Tony Vancheri, who also holds the title of deputy mayor for veterans affairs, once again provided his stewardship over the event, maintaining a solemn respect for the veterans he served with, as well as all of those from Paterson that have given their lives in conflicts dating back to the nation’s earliest days.

“Whether drafted or not they came forward,” Congressman Bill Pascrell said just after the event marked the official arrival of peace following World War I at 11:00 a.m. with a moment of silence. “They put themselves on the front line to defend us.”

“We should do whatever we can for our veterans,” Pascrell added after offering them praise for defending the “values” instilled in the U.S. Constitution. “They deserve it.”

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