NUTLEY, NJ — Veterans in Nutley hold a very special place of honor in residents’ hearts. The Nutley VFW is one of the nonprofit veterans organizations that supports the military and also offers events for the entire family and community at large. As part of the national VFW, which includes 2.1 million vets, the local VFW Post is a robust asset of the Nutley community. Throughout the year, veterans from Nutley and the vicinity can be found at local parks and ceremonies, or proudly marching in the numerous parades in uniform.
All year long, the Nutley VFW offers gatherings where veterans can meet up with fellow service members, both active and retired. And via the socialization that takes place at every event, the VFW has an even greater role: veterans’ family members. who are also invited to events, become great friends with one another; even children and grandchildren of VFW members forge close bonds.
At 6 p.m. on Dec. 17, Nutley Mayor Alphonse Petracco joined local veterans at the VFW Hall on Washington Avenue for
a celebration dinner in honor of the holidays, along with a special thanks to all who have served. At the event, special guest Nutley Irish President Tom McEnery presented a generous donation to Nutley VFW Post 493.
Former Nutley resident Marie Penaranda, who drove up to the recent event from down south, sat a table with her old Nutley neighbors.
“We always come up for these events,” Penaranda said. “I like catching up with my old friends and neighbors, and it’s just a wonderful group. We really love it.”
In late October, the Nutley VFW held its major fundraiser in the Nutley VFW Hall, which also holds a convenient bar where many gather to make a toast and catch up on old times. This year, more than 120 people attended the organization’s fourth annual fundraising event.