New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial

Veterans Day Ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial

November 11, 2018
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 11 at the Memorial, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, NJ.  The event is open to the public, Veterans, and their families.

Organizations from throughout the State will lay wreaths as part of the ceremony honoring veterans.  

Executive Director, Sarah Taggart, announced Brigadier General Mark A. Piterski as the keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony, “The Foundation is honored to have the Deputy Adjutant General of New Jersey address our Veterans Day attendees. His commitment to our soldiers and their families and his own record of extraordinary service make him imminently qualified to address our guests, both military and non-military alike, as we meet on hallowed ground during this important commemoration.”

Brigadier General Mark A. Piterski serves as the Deputy Adjutant General of New Jersey and the Assistant Adjutant General – Army. He is the principal advisor to The Adjutant General on all matters concerning military readiness, mobilizations, homeland security, defense support to civil authorities, human resources, logistics, training, and financial management, as well as the supervision and management of the Department’s 3,200 full-time State and Federal employees, and more than 30 armories and associated properties.

An Iraq Veteran, his previous assignments include Chief of Staff, New Jersey Army National Guard and Commander, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He began his career in the Army National Guard as an enlisted infantryman in 1987. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in May 1989 following his completion of the Connecticut Officer Candidate School.

Other distinguished guests include: Thomas Clark, Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, NJ, Jennifer E. Myers, VA Ambassador, Newark Regional Office, and American Legion, Department of New Jersey Vice Commander Tom Hancock.

Lillie Nuble, Director, Newark Regional Office Department of Veterans Affairs, will also be speaking at the ceremony.

As per tradition, service members and their families, Gold Star Mothers, New Jersey legislators and members of the families for the inductees of the In-Memory Program will be in attendance with hundreds of other community members.

In Memory Program:  Veterans from Across New Jersey Honored

Each year during the Veterans Day ceremony, six Veterans are inducted into the Foundation’s In-Memory Program, a special recognition that honors those who served and later died as a result of complications from their Tour.

This year’s inductees include:

Russell Freet (US Army), Long Branch, NJ

Robert Hanuschik (US Navy), Hamilton, NJ

George J. Murphy III (US Army), Neshanic Station, NJ

Joseph Saroshinsky (US Army), Bayonne, NJ

Michael Stanko (US Army), Toms River, NJ

John Taft (US Army), Harrison, NJ

About Veterans Day

There are approximately 20 million veterans living in the United States, men and women from every state and territory who served honorably in their nation’s armed forces. Veterans Day honors all veterans, whether living or deceased. Across the nation and in every community, it is an opportunity to give special thanks and show support for those who have defended and protected our nation, often at great personal sacrifice.

Initially established as Armistice Day, it commemorated the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI.  After the end of World War II and the Korean War, this national day of celebration was renamed Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Five Star General in the US Army, to honor American veterans of all wars. Veterans Day is always celebrated on the 11th day of November, and in 2001, Congress passed a resolution that designated the week of November 11 National Veterans Awareness Week.

About New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation oversees the operation of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center.  The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The Museum and Educational Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Memorial is a fitting tribute to the valor displayed by New Jersey residents who never returned from Southeast Asia.  It commemorates the courage shown by all who served and continue to serve in America’s Armed Forces.  Its companion project, the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center, is a respected, national resource that presents factual and unbiased information about the Era.

The Memorial and the Museum and Educational Center attract visitors from across New Jersey, the US and from around the world. Compelling exhibits present a balanced perspective into the politics, personalities and the domestic and international policies that shaped — and were shaped by — this remarkable era in global history. School students, community groups, citizens from all walks of life, and especially veterans and their families, all are welcomed by a staff of dedicated professionals and volunteers working together to provide visitors with a moving and memorable experience.

For more information, visit www.njvvmf.org.