As most of us know, November 11th is Veterans Day. The original name of Veterans Day was Armistice Day. This day was to remember those who were wounded or died during World War I. Later on under President Theodore Roosevelt, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor and remember the sacrifice of all veterans. World War I ended in the eleventh month, the eleventh day at the eleventh hour, and so we get the phrase, eleven, eleven, eleven. This year we will remember the veterans of all wars with a rededication of the World War I Memorial at Pershing Field in Jersey City. The neighborhood community group has beautifully refurbished the WWI monument right in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Community Center.
The Jersey City Office of Veterans Affairs cordially invites the citizens of Jersey City to attend this memorial event. Commencing 10:30 a.m. there will be a moment of silence at eleven o'clock. There are other monuments in Pershing Field dedicated to the veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Most of us remember veterans one or two days a year but veterans remember their fellow veterans every day. So even if you have no one you know who served in the military, we must all remember and commemorate the lives and sacrifices of these men and women who gave their lives in order for us to continue living in democracy and peace.
Jaime Vazquez, Director
Jersey City Office of Veterans Affairs