Honoring Those Who Served: Parsippany Veterans Day Ceremony

Laying of the wreaths

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany’s American Legion Posts 249 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10184 held their annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11 (eleventh month, eleventh day, eleventh hour) at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Presentation of the Colors by Color Guards of American Legion Post 249 and VFW Post 10184 followed by the Invocation by Rev. Msgr. Herbert K. Tillyer, Saint Peter the Apostle Church.

The National Anthem and America the Beautiful was performed by Township Resident Michelle Musolino-Roberts.  Mayor James Barberio took the podium to discuss “Why We Honor Our Veterans.”

Thank You Letters to Veterans were written and presented by Sofia McBride, Girl Scout Troop 95609, Domenica Roberts, Brownie Troop 95697 and Samantha Tkach, Girl Scout Troop 95609.

Prayer of Remembrance by David Griffith, Lead Pastor, Living Waters Church.

Then Laying of the Wreaths by Bernard McElwee, Commander, VFW Post 10184 honored by Veterans: Joe Minsavage, American Legion Post 249 and Gary Erdmann, VFW Post 10184.

The Cannon Salute led by Al Florio, Commander, Lamb’s Artillery Company, Revolutionary Reenactment Group. Anthony Paterno, Parsippany Hills High School, Boy Scout Troop 173, performed the Taps. “Eternal Father – Strong to Save” was presented by the Parsippany Hills High School Choir led by Kathleen Muka.

Eileen DeGraw, U.S. Navy Veteran was guest speaker. Thank A Veteran – Veterans Day Poem was read by Julia Bruggeman, Girl Scout Troop 95615.

Emily Smith’s read the Veteran’s Day poem.

The Benediction was led by Reverend Donald A. Bragg, Pastor, Parsippany Presbyterian Church and the program was concluded by Bruce Michels, Commander, American Legion Post 249.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

Emma Cocozziello, Daisy Troop #97442, a kindergarten at Eastlake School displaying the sign she made for Veterans Day