US Marine posthumously awarded Congressional Gold Medal in Orange

US Marine posthumously awarded Congressional Gold Medal in Orange

ORANGE, NJ — Members of the National Montford Point Marine Association assembled in Orange on Aug. 1 for a solemn ceremony awarding a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to Newark native Matthew Edward Harris. Harris served in the segregated ranks of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946 in Okinawa in the Pacific Theater.  The […]

Belleville Historical Society hosts its annual July 4th celebration

Belleville Historical Society hosts its annual July 4th celebration

BELLEVILLE, NJ — The Belleville Historical Society’s July 4th ceremony went off with a bang as Belleville residents gathered at 11 a.m. at the old Belleville Dutch Reformed Church cemetery at Main and Rutger Street for the annual event to watch Revolutionary War reenactors fire muskets and cannon at the historic site.  Participants in the […]

Belleville becomes a Purple Heart town

Belleville becomes a Purple Heart town

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Belleville is now officially a Purple Heart town, after the Belleville Town Council approved a resolution at its June 7 meeting. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 366 relocated from Clifton to Belleville and is headquartered at American Legion Post 105.  The Belleville Historical Society recently built and donated a […]

West Orange holds solemn ceremony honoring Old Glory

West Orange holds solemn ceremony honoring Old Glory

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Fire Department Chief Anthony Vecchio welcomed the community to West Orange Fire Headquarters on Flag Day, June 14. The annual ceremony, canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returned with the traditional reverence befitting the American flag.  Glennon/Sayers VFW Post No. 376 Commander Kim Ameli spoke about the […]

American Legion, SAL in Belleville distribute poppies, raise funds

American Legion, SAL in Belleville distribute poppies, raise funds

BELLEVILLE, NJ — American Legion Post 105 and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 105 distributed poppies during Memorial Day Weekend at the ShopRite on Washington Avenue, raising thousands of dollars to go directly to the organizations’ programs supporting veterans in need. As does almost every veterans organization in the country, Post and Squadron 105 […]

West Orange Memorial Day ceremony honors past, looks to the future

West Orange Memorial Day ceremony honors past, looks to the future

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In its first public event in 15 months, West Orange Township and the West Orange High School’s Junior Air Force ROTC honored the 156 residents who died while serving in our armed forces, and recognized future heroes during the annual Memorial Day ceremony. Township officials, members of the West Orange Police […]

Belleville American Legion observes National Vietnam Veterans Day

Belleville American Legion observes National Vietnam Veterans Day

BELLEVILLE, NJ — American Legion Post No. 105 on Washington Avenue in Belleville held a ceremony for National Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29, at which the Belleville Historical Society made a presentation of flags that have flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Md., to the local veterans organizations.  “The Vietnam War is a story […]

Belleville American Legion Post remembers Desert Storm after 30 years

Belleville American Legion Post remembers Desert Storm after 30 years

BELLEVILLE, NJ — American Legion Post 105 on Washington Avenue in Belleville held a ceremony and remembrance of the 30th anniversary of the end of Operation Desert Storm on Feb. 28.  “We need to remember this shining moment in history, so that future generations know the meaning of the words courage, honor, sacrifice and just […]

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