PATERSON, NJ - While many communities have been forced to scale back or forego entirely their annul Memorial Day celebrations, one local veteran, as though reacting to reveille, was up early Monday to make
sure that Paterson’s military heroes still received the honor they deserve.
Tony Vancheri, Paterson’s Deputy Mayor for Veterans Affairs, has ably led the city’s annual Memorial Day commemoration countless times, and this year, as his hometown continues to fight back against coronavirus, he said he wasn’t going to let the day go by without maintaining some of the tradition.
“We are living in difficult times,” the Vietnam War veteran told TAPinto Paterson. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t take time to commemorate the brave soldiers whose lives were lost in service to our nation.”
While their plan to lay a wreath and say brief prayer at Paterson’s Veterans Park at Hayden Heights was further postponed due to weather, Vancheri offered a confident assurance that "our veterans' are never forgotten," adding that the wreath was placed by the florist that prepared it, and flags were placed on scores of veterans' graves at local cemeteries last week.
Sharing his belief that veterans, especially those lost in overseas conflicts, should be remembered every day, Vancheri added that “this year, more than many, we’re performing more than a symbolic act.”
“Of course I’d rather be heading to a parade of backyard barbecue, but skipping those is a small sacrifice to make for the health of our community,” Vancheri said. “The men and women we honor today, however we do that, they are the ones that really sacrificed.”
“They truly gave all.”
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