Dear Bayonne community,
I would like to raise awareness for an often forgotten cause – our veterans. They have fought for our country and our freedoms. Thousands of veterans lost their lives and thousands more have been severely wounded protecting our nation. We need to remember to honor and respect the soldiers who fought for us. Veterans have done so much for our country, and we can’t forget what they have done for us.
My eighth grade class recently went on a field trip to the Joyce-Herbert VFW Post No. 226 on Ninth Street. Most people in Bayonne probably pass by the building all the time, but don’t know it is there. During the program, I learned about the hardships and emotions the soldiers went through on the battlefield from a panel of veterans who had served in Vietnam, Korea, and even World War II. The stories were heartbreaking but inspiring. At the museum, I saw old weapons, uniforms, and other interesting military artifacts.
I suggest every citizen of Bayonne go and visit during their Saturday hours because there is so much to learn. I also feel that the VFW Post is a little bit underfunded. Donations to the veterans would help Post No. 226 continue their service to those who served our country, as well as their education of the community. If you go visit the Joyce-Herbert Veterans Museum, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
On behalf of the John M. Bailey School Class of 2012