Parsippany Honored Those Who Served

'Thank you': Parsippany honors veterans with inaugural Veteran's day ceremony

Cannon Salute led by Al Florio, Commander, Lamb's Artillery Company, Revolutionary Reenactment Group

PARSIPPANY — A Veterans Day ceremony was held Veterans Memorial Park in Parsippany on Monday, November 11.

Mayor Michael Soriano said “244 years ago, the greatest military force the world would ever know was formed.  Since that first Continental Army was founded, millions of Americans have dedicated themselves to the protection of this nation and preservation of the values we hold dear.  The men and women of the United States Armed Forces represent the best of this country, and every American owes our veterans a great and sacred debt.  While we gather on this day every year to honor those sacrifices, caring for our veterans must be a priority we take seriously each and every day.”

The ceremony began with the Presentation of the Colors, by the Color Guards of American Legion Post 249 and VFW Post 10184, followed by Innovation by Rev. David Pickens, Pastor, Saint Peter the Apostle Church.

The National Anthem was song by Parsippany resident Aimee Wolosin and the Pledge of Allegiance was by Dr. Barbara Sargent, Parsippany-Troy Hills School Superintendent. Introductory remarks was by Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Michael dePierro and welcoming remarks was by Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano.

Mayor Michael Soriano read a “Congressional Proclamation” from Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill.

Emily Smith read the poem “The Noble and the Brave” A Veterans Day Tribute.

When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.
They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.
They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.
Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.
We salute every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.
So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.
Prayer of Remembrance by Rabbi Moshe Rudin, Adath Shalom Synagogue then Laying of the Wreaths led by Gary Erdman, VFW and Matt Adamcyk, American Legion Post 249.
Guest Speaker was Eileen DeGraw, U.S. Navy Veteran. Michael dePierro read “Just a Common Soldier,” then the Parsippany High School Choir Students led by Christine Wilson sang “America the Beautiful.”
The Benediction was by Rev. Donald A. Bragg, Paster, Parsippany Presbyterian Church and the conclusion ended with Councilman Michael dePierro.

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