BELMAR — The borough hosted a Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10 in honor of the community’s veterans and to pay tribute to their service.
Despite overcast weather, residents and veterans alike gathered at Monument Row on Main Street at 9:30 a.m. to partake in this year’s ceremony, led by the Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW] Post 1838 in Manasquan.
Army Col. James Bagey from VFW Post 1838 welcomed the gathered crowd on behalf of his post and recognized local dignitaries as well, including Mayor Gerald Buccafusco and council members Mark Levis, Caitlin Donovan, Jodi Kinney and Maria Rondinaro, as well as Borough Administrator Kevin Kane and Police Chief Tina Scott.
He also thanked the borough for its sponsorship and support of the annual ceremony, particularly the Department of Public Works and the Belmar Police Department.
The morning’s ceremony then officially began with a salute to the country with the national anthem played over loudspeakers, followed by a tribute to the country’s military dead where the veterans conducting the service turned to salute a memorial wreath in a tribute that is repeated at similar ceremonies by other VFW Posts across the country to honor America’s military dead.
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