Holmdel, N.J. — The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 25 at 11 a.m. The Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center will be open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Maj. General (USAF Ret.) Clark Martin will preside over the Memorial Day Ceremony. The program will include a presentation of wreaths by various area organizations, music by The RockNRoll Chorus, a presentation of colors by the NJ National Guard Medical Command, an invocation by Joe Formola, Chaplain of the New Jersey State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America and Dylan De Simone, grandson of Alfred De Simone who is honored on the Memorial, will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
During the ceremony, the New Jersey Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Foundation will award two scholarships to high school seniors from New Jersey who plan to further their education either at a college, university or trade/technical school. This year’s scholarship recipients are Ian Lettire of Phillipsburg High School and Allison Smith of Newton High School.
An “In Memory” program will honor those who served in Vietnam and returned home, but later died as a result of their tour. This year, six names will be inducted: Frank C. Moranz of Jersey City, NJ; Francisco T. Primiano of Old Bridge, NJ; John L. Patryk of Mt. Ephraim, NJ; Franklin A. Re of Cranford, NJ; Frank Tarantino, Jr. of Roselle Park, NJ; and Frank Farrell of Freehold, NJ. Visitors can also see the newly installed pavers on our Memorial Walkway and Huey Plaza. Any pavers purchased within the last year are now installed.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial is located at 1 Memorial Lane in Holmdel, NJ (Exit 116 PNC Bank Arts Center). For more information, visit www.njvvmf.org.
About New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifice, courage and valor of Vietnam Veterans and encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.
The Foundation operates and manages the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and the adjacent Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center located at 1 Memorial Lane off Exit 116 (PNC Bank Arts Center) in Holmdel, NJ. The Memorial honors all those who served our country and state during the Vietnam War, especially the 1,563 New Jerseyans who did not return home. It is a powerful and fitting tribute to their sacrifice. The Memorial is open 24 hours, seven days a week. The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is the first educational center and museum of its kind in the United States. Dedicated in September 1998, the Museum is devoted solely to gaining an understanding of the conflict in Southeast Asia and the surrounding political strife in America. For hours and directions, visit www.njvvmf.org.