Veterans Day 2019

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Verona Councilman Kevin Ryan, a Vietnam-era veteran, places a wreath at Verona’s WWI monument with Councilwoman Christine McGrath.

Mayor Jack McEvoy presided over Verona’s 2019 ceremony marking Veterans Day. He recognized many of the veterans in attendance, from former Verona Police Chief Doug Huber to Councilman Kevin Ryan, many members of the Verona Police Department, Fire Department and Rescue Squad, as well as the veterans of Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and Iraq in the audience.

McEvoy said that he was pleased that New Jersey voters had chosen last Tuesday to approve a measure to allow all veterans in the state to continue to get the $250 break on their annual property taxes when they live in retirement communities. The measure passed by a 3-to-1 margin on election day. “It’s minimal but those are things that we should look at and move forward with on a greater scale for our veterans,” McEvoy said. He hailed the reservists who have served their country, and also noted that America’s 18.8 million veterans include not only those who served on the front lines of conflict but also doctors, engineers, scientists and educators. “They have helped the U.S. and its allies make strides in science, technology, medicine, physics engineering and diplomacy,” McEvoy said. “Current service members and our veterans have made the United States the leader in world stability and peace.”

This year’s invocation was given by Fr. Peter Wehrle of Our Lady of the Lake. “On this day, we give thanks and praise to those brave men and women who have stood in the lines of battle, who have offered to serve their country, so that we can gather and celebrate peace.”

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You can watch the full ceremony in the video below:

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