From the unfurling of a Nazi flag captured by World War II veterans to a rifle salute and passionate words from township officials, Nutley observed Veterans Day Monday morning with a large crowd at the war memorial in front of Town Hall on Chestnut Street.
Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers, state Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, World War II veterans Angelo Benenatiz and John Denkinger, Commissioner Mauro Tucci and Mayor Alphonse Petracco all stood together with the captured flag.
Petracco presented veterans with a handmade sign composed by his son.
"My son asked what Veterans Day was, and after we talked, he made this," said Petracco.
VFW Post No. 4893 members presented the colors and fired a rifle salute, while a contingent of Nutley firefighters were on hand to salute the veterans.
"We live in extraordinary times, thanks to the sacrifice of our extraordinary men and women in our armed forces," said Commissioner Steve Rogers, a retired Navy commander.