NORTH BRUNSWICK – The Township of North Brunswick marked Veterans Day, as well as the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in several ways.
“It is a very special weekend. There are several ceremonies honoring our veterans, their families and the sacrifices they’ve made throughout the year. We appreciate it every day but this weekend it is extra special. Thank you for your service,” said Lou Ann Benson, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services.
On the morning of Nov. 9, the North Brunswick Senior Center held a breakfast for veterans and their spouses.
Afterward, community members unveiled World War I Way at the corner of Linwood Place and Ridgewood Avenue in front of American Legion Post 459.
Adam Vitelli, who made more than 70 signs for the veterans street naming program, which began in 2006, received an honorary plaque for his contributions.
The American Legion then served as the host to Congressman Bonnie Watson Coleman and representatives from Veterans Affairs after the dedication ceremony, while Elmwood Cemetery on Georges Road hosted tours of veterans’ graves.
“When you see a veteran, thank them,” said Councilman Bob Davis, who served with the 11th Special Forces group during Vietnam.
The North Brunswick World War I Centennial Committee also took part in Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance on Nov. 11 at the North Brunswick Veterans Memorial on Georges Road. Bells of Peace is a collaborative program where communities across the nation toll the Peace Bells 21 times honoring the 116,516 American men and women who perished in World War 1.
In addition, North Brunswick Township High School held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 12.