Dear Fellow Resident,
As we approach November 11th, we once again gather to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for our veterans who have courageously and selflessly served our great nation. This tradition, rooted in a deep sense of honor and respect, is a testament to the unwavering commitment of those who have defended our freedoms.
The history of Veterans Day dates back to 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson, a former New Jersey Governor, proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day, marking the one-year anniversary of the truce that ended World War I. His words, “On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we will remember them,” have echoed through the decades.
In 1938, Congress officially recognized this day as a legal holiday, dedicating it to the cause of world peace and naming it “Armistice Day.” Initially, this was a day to honor the veterans of World War I. However, in 1954, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of our veteran’s service organizations, expanded the scope of the day. This decision came in the wake of the Korean War and as a tribute to the immense mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen during World War II. The word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans,” and on June 1, 1954, November 11th officially became a day to honor American veterans of all wars and conflicts.
Today, Veterans Day is not only a day of remembrance but also a day to celebrate our nation and those who have valiantly served it. It is a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by veterans and their families, allowing us to enjoy the freedoms we hold dear. On behalf of the Harrison Township community, I extend our deepest gratitude to all veterans for their unwavering dedication and courage.
We have established a special place for you to pay tribute to a veteran in your family or circle of friends. The Harrison Township Veterans Memorial, located at the entrance of the William Wilt Soccer Complex, features “Hero Lane,” a walkway lined with engraved brick pavers honoring those who have served our country. To order a paver, please visit this link or get in touch with our Municipal Clerk, Julie Undercuffler, at 856-478-4111, Ext. 6136.
This Veterans Day, let us come together as a community to honor and remember the heroes who have defended our nation. May we never forget their sacrifices and continue to hold their legacy close to our hearts.
With utmost respect and gratitude,
Mayor of Harrison Township