They came from far and wide, old and young, some riding in floats sponsored by local politicians, others in groups of marchers from official or school military organizations.
Although billed at the first Jersey City Veterans Parade, many of those attended came from other parts of Hudson County, especially Bayonne, wearing uniforms from bygone eras or carrying banners that celebrated a day that has in the past been often forgotten...
...“Jersey City over many years has given sons and daughters to the defense of the nation, and it is fitting and appropriate that we remember, that we honor, that we commemorate, and that we come together as a community to do so,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.
He said ending the parade Harismus Cemetery was fitting because of the tremendous amount of history there, going back beyond the Civil War.
“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been called upon to answer the call to freedom. They did not shrink from their responsibility. They welcomed it. And so few do so much for so many,” he said. “Yes, we should go to a Veterans Day parade and remember and honor their service. But a grateful nation honors the men and women in service by how we take care of their healthcare, how we take care of them in their disability, and make sure that no veteran is homeless at the end of each and every day, and how we take care of their loved ones for the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. That is my vision of a grateful nation.”
Menendez said he has proposed the “Enhanced Veterans Act,” to help these veterans.