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Oct 28, 2019

NJ Vietnam Veterans Day Memorial Service

By Lori Draz

New Jersey Vietnam Memorial

One of the largest Veterans Day Memorial Services takes place annually at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, located next to the PNC Bank Arts Center. This moving event will once again be held Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 am at the amphitheater.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Susan Barker Rilliet, Gold Star sister of Medal of Honor Recipient Jedh Barker. The museum also offers gratitude to General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter 101st Airborne Division Association and the VVA Chapter 200 for their support of this year’s ceremony. The event is free. Attendees are reminded to arrive early for the best parking and to dress warmly as the ceremony is often lengthy and the site can be windy. The museum will remain open until 2 pm following the ceremony.

Time is running out to see Above & Beyond: The History of the Medal of Honor, which closes Saturday, Nov. 16. The Medal of Honor is the most prestigious military decoration, awarded to those who distinguish themselves through conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. There have only been 3,505 recipients of the Medal of Honor since the award was created by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861.

Attendees will learn about its history from its beginnings in the Civil War to modern times. You will also learn the stories of the eight New Jersey Medal of Honor recipients for their actions in Vietnam, six of whom were killed in action. The museum is honored to have five of their medals on display as the main focus of the exhibit.

Coming Wednesday, Dec. 11, all are invited to join in the National Wreaths Across America Day, and its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. This wreath-laying ceremony is coordinated with those at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. Those interested can donate a wreath online or volunteer to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony.

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center are located within sight of each other near the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center. The memorial is a moving acknowledgment of the valor displayed by the New Jersey residents who never returned from Southeast Asia. It commemorates the courage shown by all who served during the Vietnam conflict. Its companion project, the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center, presents factual and unbiased information about the era, using exhibits, audio/visual presentations, structured programs, and guest speakers. Supplemental programs, such as veterans’ biographies, are intended to recognize and document the contributions made by New Jersey‘s veterans so that their service to our nation will be preserved for future generations. For more information, visit njvvmf.org.