HOLMDEL, NJ - The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) will hold its annual New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day ceremony on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, NJ.

In 1991, the state legislature of New Jersey designated May 7 as New Jersey Vietnam Veteran's Remembrance Day to honor those who served in the military during the Vietnam Era, from 1959 to 1975. More than 200,000 New Jersey residents served in the armed forces during that time. 

This year’s Remembrance Day speaker is U.S. Representative Rush Holt, who has represented Central New Jersey in Congress since 1999. Also during this year’s ceremony, the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will be awarding a number of New Jersey State medals including the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. 

Throughout New Jersey’s 12th district, Rep. Holt has developed a reputation as a tireless advocate for his constituents.  One of the many issues he has focused on is veterans’ healthcare.  Rep. Holt earned his bachelor’s in Physics from Carleton College in Minnesota and completed his master’s and Ph. D. at NYU.  He has held positions as a teacher, Congressional Science Fellow and arms control expert at the U.S. State Department.  He is married to Dr. Margaret Lancefield and resides in Hopewell Township, New Jersey.

On May 7 only, the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission will be free to all visitors. The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State Parkway at exit 116 in Holmdel.  The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Museum & Educational Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information on the Memorial or Educational Center, call 732-335-0033 or visit www.njvvmf.org.