SPRINGFIELD, NJ - With musical performances, honors and a firearm salute, Springfield Township paid tribute to the many veterans who have served their country over the years in conflicts all around the globe with the annual Veteran's Day ceremony.
The ceremony was in honor of Veteran's Day, which was created to honor all veterans. The date is significant, because WWI, the first major global conflict ended on Nov. 11.
Over the course of the ceremony, which kicked off around 11:00 a.m., participants sang songs to honor veterans, as a proclamation was read by the township and the high school marching band performed. Additionally, each of the veterans in attendance was given a small gift from the town.
For event coordinator Geri Ann Kazimar, who is also involved as a co-director with Springfield Hometown Heroes, a group that helps to place veterans banners around town, the ceremony was an amazing experience.
"It was wonderful that so many people came out today to honor our veterans," Kazimar said. "They really get choked up abut this. They love to see all the people, and to realize that their sacrifices haven't been forgotten."
Kazimar also said that while the veterans don't do what they do for appreciation, instead obligated by a sense of duty. Additionally, she said it was important to honor those who sacrificed to serve.