Veterans Day 2008
On the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month we pause to mark the contributions of those who have given so much for our freedom. Today is the real Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day and marked across the nation. Today is the day to remember those who fought and died for our freedom.
Hoboken’s memorial took place at the dedication of the new World War II memorial on Saturday afternoon. A large crowd turned out to mark the occasion in a pouring rain that often disrupted the two and a half hour ceremony.
The crowd dwindled as it continued, with some wisecracking, “Now that this memorial is finally done, Mayor Roberts and Dean Marchetto can start working on the memorial to those who caught pneumonia at the dedication of the WWII memorial!” All kidding aside, many people wonder why the city didn’t just use Sunday as a raindate for the event. The weather was perfect on Sunday, and would have been great for the unveiling of the granite slab etched with the names of 159 young men from Hoboken who went off to war in Europe and the Pacific and never came back.
Flip through the photos of veterans including Roy Huelbig (World War II Purple Heart!), Tom Kennedy, and John Carey leading the ceremonies. Even Hoboken Teachers Union Head Gary Enrico made the trip down from Paramus for the occasion, leading the Rocking Red Wings band. Check out those USO girls, too. (Where the skirts really that short in the ’40’s?)
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Also check out the pictures of the memorial taken in the good weather the next day (taken by Hoboken411 reader Nick Adams – and yours truly). Thank a veteran today.
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