CARTERET, NJ – Mayor Daniel J. Reiman, the Carteret Veterans Alliance, and the Borough of Carteret honor America’s heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedoms with Memorial Day ceremonies on Sunday, May 30, 2021.
“Each year, on Memorial Day, our nation and the Borough of Carteret honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our American freedoms,” said Mayor Reiman. “We must never forget that freedom is never free. We will forever express our gratitude and respect for the brave soldiers who left the comfort of their homes, put themselves in harm’s way to fight for us in faraway lands, and never returned home.”
The 2021 Carteret Memorial Day schedule will be as follows:
8:00 am – Casting of the memorial wreaths, flag raising, and waterfront service at Carteret’s Waterfront Park on Veteran’s Pier – 200 Middlesex Avenue. Social distancing will be in place.
12:00 pm – The Carteret Veterans Alliance will present ceremonies at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial at Carteret Park – 99 Carteret Avenue. Social distancing will be in place.
“As America’s older war veterans fast disappear from society’s landscape, there are fewer and fewer standard-bearers left to carry the torch of remembrance. Such traditions will live on only if there is a vibrant movement to which that torch can be passed,” said past National VFW Commander and Carteret resident George Lisicki. “Attending commemorative ceremonies is the most visible way of demonstrating remembrance: Placing flags at gravesites; marching in parades; sponsoring patriotic programs; dedicating memorials and wearing Buddy Poppies are examples.”
A parade will follow the ceremonies at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial.
The parade’s Grand Marshall this year is retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Robert “Bob” T. Hemsel. Bob received the highest Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service after serving our country during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bob is active in the Carteret community and in American Legion Post 263. He helps Seniors file their tax returns at no cost and has served as treasurer for Zion Lutheran Church, Mid-State Credit Union, and the Carteret Evening Seniors.
For more information about Carteret’s Memorial Day Services, please call 732-541-3801.