TETERBORO, N.J. — “They gave their tomorrows so we can have their today," Joseph Lennox, president of the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame, told a gathering during a salute Sunday to veterans and 9-11 memorial remembrance.
Military service members joined a number of veterans’ organizations, emergency service units, religious leaders, politicians and youth activity groups to honor those who answered the call of duty -- and, especially, those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We have so many people honoring those who most deserve to be honored," Lennox told the gathering. "Freedom isn’t free.”
Keynote speaker Stew Golding noted that technology was limited during World War II.
Golding flew a B-26 Marauder medium bomber in more than 50 missions.
“A lot of people don’t know what it took for the logistics,” he said, noting that troops also had to deal with noise, chaos, and poor weather conditions.
Along with patriotic songs, speeches and presentations, the event included a 21-gun salute and a remembrance for civilians and emergency service workers killed in the 9-11 attacks.
“Veterans Day is an opportunity for Americans to recognize the contributions that veterans have given to our country," Master of Ceremonies Fritz Rehtage said. "I think they brought back a wide range of experiences that helped enhance America."
Dozens appeared at the event to sing patriotic songs and observe formal marches and performances on the clear autumn day.
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