BRIELLE — The Brielle Library hosted its first-ever Veterans’ Appreciation event on Thursday, Nov. 2, honoring 200 former military service veterans, including nearly 100 who are Brielle residents.
Additional veterans came from municipalities throughout Monmouth County.
One Brielle native was 101st Airborne Division Paratrooper, Sgt. Stan Mazur, who served in Vietnam and as the library’s liaison for the gathering.
“There’s a lot of veterans here, I got to talk to quite a few,” said Mr. Mazur. “With the library doing this, the trustees … they did an exceptional job here.”
Veterans serving during The Korean War and The Vietnam War made up a majority of the attendees, according to Mr. Mazur.
The event had volunteers, as well as full-time library staff, assisting in setup, food, presentation and cleanup efforts, accompanied with the library’s board of trustees monitoring.
“She [Ms. Pelly] just thought of so many different ways to give the veterans their own voice as opposed to just thanking them,” said Library Trustee Elia Desruisseaux. “Instead, we let them express who they are … talking to them … it’s just wonderful.”
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