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Area Communities Prou
2009 Veterans Day Services
On Saturday, November 7, 2009, Wood-Ridge Veterans attended a Mass at Assumption Church at 8 a.m., and held a Vet- erans Service at 10 a.m.
was held at the Washington School (Grades 1-4), immediate- ly followed by a service across Liberty Street at the Memorial Middle School (Grades 5-8).
On Sunday, November 8, 2009, The NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum held a region- al “Salute To Veterans” program at 11 a.m. in their parking lot.
Assumption School students honored Veterans in a program at 9:30 a.m. on November 11.
C a rl s t a dt , H a s b r ou ck Heights, Lodi, and Moonachie each held brief Veterans Day services on Wednesday, No- vember 11th, at 11 a.m., at their respective monuments. Carstadt photos by Dennis Kronyak Sr. ###
On November 11, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., brief services were held at the American Legion and VFW Posts in Little Ferry.
At 11 a.m., a short service
Memorial Service at Ling December 6th at 1 p.m. Public is welcome.
About Veterans Day
Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 in honor of those who have served in the armed forces of the United States and gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. Veterans.
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally designated in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson. Wilson selected November 11 because the Armistice ending World War I officially took place on November 11, 1918. Wilson wanted to make sure that Ameri- cans did not forget the tragedies of the war. Legislation passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedi- cated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.”
In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress replaced the word “Armistice” with the word “Vet- erans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, No- vember 11 became a day to honor American Veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, re- gardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The observance
of Veterans Day not only pre- serves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus atten- tion on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sac- rifice for the common good.
On Veterans Day, special services take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. United States Senate Resolu- tion 143, which was passed on August 4, 2001, designated the week of November 11 through November 17, 2001, as “National Veterans Awareness Week.” The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of Veterans.
Memorial Day honors ser- vice members who died in ser- vice to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased Veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living Veterans who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peace- time. ###