Annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Maplewood Honoring Those Who Served

L to R: Ian Grodman, Nancy Adams, Vic De Luca, and Donna D'Amato.
Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca
Nancy Adams, Deputy Mayor of Maplewood
Rev. Durwin Johnson of First Baptist Church of Vauxhall
Jim Buchanan and Friends Credits: Fred Smith
Kari Capone
Donna D'Amato
Frank Warzocha
Valencia Norman, Pastor of First Presbyterian and Trinity Church in South Orange
Mayor Vic De Luca (right) and his father, Raymond De Luca (left)
Liz Fritzen, Maplewood Town Clerk, and event organizer

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Music from Jim Buchanan and Friends greeted attendees as they arrived at Maplewood Town Hall for the annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Maplewood Mayor Victor De Luca opened the ceremony by first asking the Honor Guard to present the colors, followed by Maplewood VFW Post 10120 marching in and posting the flags at the podium. 

De Luca gave welcoming remarks, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Deputy Maplewood Mayor Nancy Adams. Next was the Invocation, delivered by the Rev. Durwin F. Johnson, who is the Assistant Minister, First Baptist Church of Vauxhall, the Maplewood Juvenile Conference Committee Chairperson, and a resident of Maplewood.

Sign Up for E-News

Kari Capone, a Maplewood resident, accompanied by Jim Buchanan and Friends, sang The National Anthem. This was followed by a musical interlude by Jim Buchanan and Friends, and a group sing-along, featuring old military songs.

De Luca addressed the crowd, and emphasized Veterans Day is a day for honoring all who have served in the military, and shared about the history of the day and the significance of the holiday occurring every year on Nov. 11. De Luca also pointed out to the audience that the annual ceremony honoring veterans in Maplewood was initiated during Fred Profeta’s term as Mayor.

De Luca also shared with the audience that currently there are about 300,000 vets who are homeless – some on the streets, some staying with friends. De Luca stated, "we owe them more."

De Luca then called upon Donna D'Amato, Treasurer of the Maplewood Committee for Servicemen and Servicewomen. This group was formed in 1942.  She made a very special presentation to Maplewood of two American Flags, donated by former servicepeople  Kiera Connerty and Lichroy Marquis. Both flags had flown in different theaters of war and the flag from Marquis was encased in wood from Iraq. This flag will be displayed at Maplewood Town Hall.

De Luca then invited Commander Frank Warzocha of Maplewood VFW Post 10120 to make a few remarks.

He pointed out the many different ways Post 10210 helps other veterans, both local and national organizations, and local community charities. Over the past year they have raised and donated $12,150. Their greatest need now is the next generation of foreign war veterans to join the organization.

Guests were invited to go around the room and tell their connection to the military, their own or a relatives, if they so desired.

Kari Capone then led the guests in singing “America the Beautiful."

The Benediction was given by Pastor Valencia B. Norman, resident of Maplewood and pastor of the First Presbyterian and Trinity Church of South Orange.

The Colors were then Posted by Maplewood VFW Post 10120 Honor Guard, and De Luca invited all to have lunch in the lobby.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Maplewood Police Blotter - Man Arrested for Package Thefts

April 20, 2018

April 5 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:15 p.m. officers responded to the Extra Supermarket on Irvington Ave on a reported shoplifter. Jean Legerme, age 21 of Newark was detained by security for attempting to leave the store without paying for several items. He was arrested, taken into custody and later released after being charged on a summons.

April 5 - Shoplifting; At ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Theft and Burglary Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 19

Theft - An East Orange resident reported that on Tuesday, April 17, at approximately 9:20 a.m., actor(s) unknown stole some tools from a construction site on Valley Street. The stolen tools, valued at over $500.00 were a Makita brand drill set and electrical saw.

Burglary to Auto - An Irvington resident reported that on Thursday, April ...

41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance Held on Sunday

April 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 15. The march assembled in Spiotta Park on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, and was called to order with the blowing of the shofar.

Local elected officials who attended included Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Maplewood Township Committee member Dean Dafis, and ...

Water Main Break on Baker Street in Maplewood Wednesday Morning

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Maplewood police reported receiving a call from a commuter on his way to work who noticed a small geyser of water in front of 34 Baker St., next to the driveway to the Maplewood Country Club. 

According to Maplewood police, they requested assistance from New Jersey American Water to shut off the water, but as of 7:10 a.m., ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 22, 10:30 AM


Do Good, Feel Good, Have Fun!

Giving Back

Mon, April 23, 7:00 PM

First Congregational Church, Guild Room, Montclair

A Healthier New Jersey: The Murphy Administration ...

Government Health & Wellness

Tue, April 24, 6:00 PM

The Venetian , Garfield

Prepared For Life Dinner with Captain Mark Kelly


Essex County Announces Partnership with Nine Local Charitable Organizations

April 20, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County will participating in nine special partnerships to increase awareness about and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Arc of Essex County, the New Jersey Children Alliance, Stop for Nikhil, The Valerie Fund, the Arthritis Foundation, the Saint Barnabas Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and ...

Kiburi Tucker Sentenced to 38 Months in Federal Prison

NEWARK, NJ - Kiburi Tucker, a longtime friend of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the business partner of a Newark woman who admitted to tax evasion last year, was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for wire fraud and tax evasion, federal authorities announced. 

Kiburi D. Tucker, 43, of Newark, pleaded guilty in November before Chief U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares after ...

Amazon Works to End Stigma of “Free and Reduced” Meals at School

April 21, 2018

FLORENCE, NJ – There is a widely unknown problem in schools all over America: a stigma among many children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Rather than face the peer pressure of receiving breakfast or lunch through this federal program, many choose to remain hungry.

To help eliminate the practice, Amazon has partnered with Share our Strength’s “No Kid ...

Endangered Bog Turtle Plods Through Senate Towards Official Designation as State Reptile

TRENTON, NJ - The endangered bog turtle is one step closer to being designated New Jersey's official state reptile, following State Senate approval of legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) and inspired by students from Princeton.

Riverside Elementary School Students Kyle Grzmala and Hayah Mian, and their teacher Mark Eastburn, joined ...

Class Act Performing Arts Studio presents "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at SOPAC

April 22, 2018

Class Act Performing Arts Studio’s senior Musical Theatre Company members will perform “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Thursday, May 10th , 2018 through Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Set in 19th-century London, this thrilling musical tells the story of barber Benjamin Barker, now known by his alias, Sweeney Todd, and his ...

Author Visit: Peter Golden at Millburn Library

The Millburn Free Public Library is pleased to welcome acclaimed journalist, novelist, and historian Peter Golden on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 7:00pm, to discuss his new book, Nothing is Forgotten.

Featuring Peter Golden’s signature “vivid characters and strong storytelling” (The Washington Post), Nothing Is Forgotten changes our understanding of the ...

South Orange Fencer and Origin Athlete Victoria Pevzner Captures Silver Medal in Poland

11 year-old fencer Victoria Pevzner placed second in the U-13 Girls’ Foil event at 2018 Challenge Wratislavia, an international youth fencing tournament in Wroclaw, Poland, March 22-26, 2018.

The 13 year-old and under’ girls foil event included over 180 competitors from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and ...