On Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 11 a.m., American Legion Post 99 held the community’s annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Park located at Kearny Avenue and Beech Street. At the ceremony, Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos and Town Council members Carol Jean Doyle, Susan McCurrie and Albino Cardoso, dedicated a new park monument for the War on Terror. The new monument bears the name of Staff Sgt. Edward Karolasz, a Kearny resident who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in Iraq in 2005.
Veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War and the War on Terror, and family members of Sgt. Karolasz, were present at the somber occasion. The Kearny Police Honor Guard and members of the American Legion, VFW and Marine Corps stood at attention at the monuments. The program included words from American Legion Commander Keith McMillan and Mayor Santos, a prayer, the reading of the poem “In Flanders Fields” and the playing of taps. Many Kearny residents also came out to pay their respect and recognize the many Kearny men and women who have served our country in the United States armed forces.
Photos by Barbara Goldberg