ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Citizens gathered at the Veterans Memorial Park in Atlantic Highlands on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to honor all veterans.
Organized by the C. Eugene Allen American Legion Post #141, the ceremony brought neighbors together to celebrate and recognize the contributions made by American veterans.
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces.
The date commemorates the armistice signed between German and the Allies. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.
Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day. On Memorial Day we honor and remember those who died in military service. On Veterans Day we honor all who have served in peacetime or at war.
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The ceremony was led by Legion Commander Peter Doyle, who asked for comments from the crowd. Several people spoke up in praise of veterans and found memories of loved ones who once served. One man in his 60’s spoke about his parents generation. They all seemed to serve in the military, he said. As a child, he remembered family gatherings where uncles and brothers joined in a toast with his father to their fellow veterans.
One veteran choked up as he expressed his thanks to all the people who have shown their love for veterans through acts and words of kindness.