UNION, NJ – A small gathering of veterans, fire responders and township officials came together on Memorial Day at Veteran’s Honor Role and Memorial Park to honor fallen veterans.  Around the state this morning at 10:00, people socially distanced and sang the national anthem in tribute to fallen veterans.

“We’re here today to honor fallen soldiers,” said Union Mayor Michele Delisfort.  “We are honored to be here to celebrate them and honor all veterans.”

“Today we’re able to honor military men and women and the Gold Star families,” said Mike Boll of the New Jersey Veteran’s Network.  “This is the best way to honor our fallen and show America how strong we are.  We’ve come together in a crisis.”

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Members of the Union fire, police, and EMS departments were in attendance, as well as veterans and National Guard members.  

“How appropriate that the first words in this beautiful, new park were from our national anthem,” said State Senator Joe Cryan.  “What a privilege to be with the everyday heroes who served.”

The Star Spangled Banner was performed by Union resident Nikki Briar.

Another event at Veteran's Honor Role and Memorial Park later in the morning was also held in honor of fallen veterans.  Read TAPinto Union Tuesday morning for more on that tribute.