Maplewood Township celebrated its 13th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. today on Town Hall with songs, prayers and remembrances from veterans and their families.
As is the case each year, the most moving and memorable part of the ceremony was the testimony of each veteran, who recounted his or her service — or that of a close relative. One daughter of a vet said she wished she knew more about her father’s years in the military, but said, “You vets don’t like to talk about your service.” Another veteran remembered his wife’s service as a military nurse.
The Rev. Durwin Johnson of First Baptist Church of Vauxhall gave the benediction during which he spoke of remembering the cost of freedom and prayed for an abiding peace.
Fr. Jim Worth of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Maplewood sang and spoke. Maplewood Community Music provided accompaniment. Mayor Vic DeLuca officiated. Tara’s Deli provided lunch, with dessert courtesy of Gigi’s Cupcakes, and Township Clerk Liz Fritzen organized it all.
Click on any photo below to see a slideshow of images from the ceremony.