Readerpix: Don’t forget the Vets!

5/18/2009:

Hoboken411 reader Margaret sent in a couple of photos from this past weekend’s Memorial Day gathering and prayer at the World War II Memorial near Sinatra Park.

Hoboken411 reader photos of the day – 5/18/2009

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19 Comments on "Readerpix: Don’t forget the Vets!"

bri777
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bri777

What’s all the “this man’s army” schtick? There’s been women in the army for decades. Stop being so sexist Margaret.

Margaret
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Capt. Romano was there representing all of the Police Dept. members and fire department members who also served. The young policeman present is awaiting his orders to Kuwait for the second time, as are many of our young policemen! I took some pictures of him also to give to his mom before he leaves, and Capt. Romano has copies for the Vets for their club downtown! The memorial service at the Church at 600 Garden Street also included the cops, firemen and 9-11 victims from Hoboken, and we all prayed for all of them. In attendance were also our Jewish decorated Veterans, and the parade at 6:30 today will include respect for all of them. I am the daughter of two Sgts. in this mans army, both brothers and other family members served so I get involved every year. Both parents were buried with full military honors, that doesn’t make me any better than anybody else, just maybe a little more patriotic! I kept the stories and the homefires burning for all of them. Seven served in the family I already buried five, one is still living, and two are still serving! God Bless America and the freedoms they aquired for us on the various battlefields of America and Europe, and the Middle East! Africa isn’t talked about much, but our troops were there helping the starving and participating in the civil war! Service projects with other countries are also done and count. See me and I have a million… Read more »
matt_72
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David – my understanding is we got a grant for part of the cost from the state & the rest of the cost was paid for by the city b/c the vets didn’t raise the $ & the mayor wanted to give the contract to a buddy & get his photo op. That being said, everyone (including the vets) protested this and the huge cost associated w/ the mayor’s planned monument so it was “downsized”. But still, last I heard the taxpayers footed the bill for this thing. If I am wrong, I am happily wrong. But per what has been reported on this site & others, this was funded by the city while the budget was clearly running in the red.

DavidsSling
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DavidsSling
Most of the money for this monument was raised by the the Vets . When Dave Roberts tried to take over and spend millions on it -The Vets said No.They did get money from the state but they have worked on raising money for this for over 8 years.And raised most of it themselves. My family had over 8 people in WWII and have people still fighting and in the Military.I was not and don’t feel I belong in pictures honoring the veterans for Memorial Day. Stick/ Slick was not in the Military . Many Police departments require that they only hire veterans. Our police departments only hires family members, which is a matter that should be investigated . Oh and by the way what ever happened to this investigation? Hoboken officials under fire on cop promotions Wednesday, June 01, 2005 “He claims that city officials revived an “old list” 10 hours before the new list went into effect so as to promote candidates with political clout, including Anthony Romano Jr., the mayor’s driver.” HOBOKEN – City officials are coming under fire for police promotions that their critics call politically motivated. Lt. Mark Competello, Lt. Daniel LoBoe, and two police officers claim promotions were granted even though there were no available openings. According to court documents, Competello – who is also suing the city on an unrelated issue – says that on four separate occasions, the department of personnel certified candidates for positions where none existed. The last two appointments… Read more »
matt_72
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The one problem w/ spending money on stuff like that is that the city could have used it to take care of the stuff they have been neglecting for years (like the roads or overdue health insurance bills). There is only so much cash to go around & the city seems to prefer to spend money on what it “wants to” instead of what it “needs to”. Monuments are something you spend money on when you have extra money, not when you are running a massive structural deficit. While I like the monument, the mayor should be tossed in the river for spending money on this while spending Hoboken to the bring of insolvency. Next time, find some spending cuts somewhere to “pay” for the monument……DUH!

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