Belleville Honors Those Who Served
Veterans Day Parade Held Yesterday
Belleville held its annual Veterans Day parade yesterday, featuring veterans groups, motorcycle clubs, school org organizations as well as an impressive display of military hardware making their way down Union Avenue.
Marchers staged on Union Avenue between Mill Street and Belleville Avenue for the 2 pm kickoff. Residents lined either side of the avenue as the parade rolled north, terminating at the township's veterans memorial, where there was a wreath-laying before a grandstand where sat elected and state military officials.
Also yesterday, a memorial to Henry Svehla was unofficially unveiled. Svehla, a township native and Army private killed in the Korean War, was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in May. A formal unveilng of the memorial is tentatively planned for Thursday.
Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11.
Among the marchers yesterday were the Nutley VFW Post 493 Color Guard, Belleville's Knights of Columbus, American Legion, the Essex County Emerald Society pipers, local Girl and Boy Scouts as well as groups of students from Schools 3, 5, 10, Belleville Middle School and Belleville High School.
Among speakers yesterday were Sen. Robert Menendez, Rep. Bill Pascrell and Colonel Mark Preston of the New Jersey National Guard.