Veterans Day 2008

11/11/2008:

us flag veterans day - Veterans Day 2008On 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?)

PHOTO GALLERY (HOLD MOUSE OVER IMAGE TO NAVIGATE – 9 PHOTOS IN THIS SET)

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.

PHOTO GALLERY (HOLD MOUSE OVER IMAGE TO NAVIGATE – 8 PHOTOS IN THIS SET)

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MidnightRacer
MidnightRacer
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 7:06 pm

The women in the short dresses are not models for show.

That’s Nancy Emerson (Miss USO 2008) in the blue dress, they travel with the USO as a trio – red/white/blue dresses. The Liberty Belles is what they’re called, sing all the WWII songs from the good ole times. There’s your relevance.

CreativeAngel
CreativeAngel
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:18 pm

[quote comment=”118141″]Um, hello? This is 2008. The unspoken motto seems to be: “If you have to wear a costume, be sure to sure it makes you look like a cheap harlot”. That way, attention-seekers with daddy issues will be sure that their existences are validated. This may be unfair to those two ladies in the photo, but their clothing choice bespeaks a wider trend dominated by the aforementioned attitude.[/quote]

Thanks for the valuable insight, Oprah-

Er, greentea.

Actually, I’d say that the numbers on their paychecks hadn’t looked shabby that day, thereby motivating the women to smile and pose seductively throughout the event. Their earnings, in fact, were probably far beyond “good enough”, equating to fair coverage of the suffering involved in wearing that ugly hogsh*t.

Now that I think of it, maybe their pay was delicately secretly affixed into our budget.:twisted:

rag246
rag246
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:47 pm

What’s the over / under on vandals stealing those guns & helmets? I give maybe seven weeks.

greentea
greentea
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:43 pm

Um, hello? This is 2008. The unspoken motto seems to be: “If you have to wear a costume, be sure to sure it makes you look like a cheap harlot”. That way, attention-seekers with daddy issues will be sure that their existences are validated. This may be unfair to those two ladies in the photo, but their clothing choice bespeaks a wider trend dominated by the aforementioned attitude.

CreativeAngel
CreativeAngel
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:36 pm

Good question, 411 :).

Newp. Skirts were nowhere near as short as the ones in the first gallery shot. In fact, the knees pretty much remained hidden from the public eye in the 40’s (unless a girl was five): http://www.sensibility.com/vintageimages/1940s/

The first miniskirt was actually “born” in London in 1965, though, created by experimental designer Mary Quant.

How the 60’s play into the World War II Memorial service I have NO clue! So that photo really brings to mind the thinking patterns of the organizer of this event… 🙄

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