East Orange Veterans Day Wreath Ceremony


Once again the East Orange Veterans assemble at the World War II Memorial at City Hall Plaza for the annual wreath ceremony. Mayor Lester Taylor poses with the Veterans for their annual portrait of remembrance.

Veterans' Day in East Orange, NJ 2014 from James Gerrish on Vimeo.

In previous years, the veterans paraded from the entrance of City Hall to the Veteran's Memorial. This year, the parade was made by a scout troup, who carried the wreath and placed it before the Memorial. This is a good improvement, combining our oldest generation with the youngest. I only wish they had included some girl scouts, but perhaps next year that oversight will be rectified.

The trumpet player was Cicely Tyson and East Orange Unified Marching Band Alumnus Khalil Welch. I couldn't see him from my vantage point, but someone else could and posted this video clip on Khalil's Facebook Page. The last time we recorded him playing "Taps" was on Memorial Day in 2010, so as sad as it always is, I'm glad someone called him back to participate.

I doubt anyone will remember the speeches, but what everyone present will remember is that they were here together on this day, and together did give honor to our Veterans and remembered them on their special day in East Orange.

As other news media bring their stories and photos of this event on-line, we will link to them here.

E.O. City Hall Photos from Facebook Page
John Henry's Photos
The Alternative Press

Past Veterans Days in our Timeline: 2013 2011

Dedication of World War II Memorial at East Orange City Hall Plaza, May 30, 1950

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