At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation honored those who have served with a virtual ceremony.
Governor Phil Murphy spoke, and remembered two servicemen who gave their lives. “With a heavy heart we recall two New Jersey heroes who gave their final measure for our nation over the past year,” said Murphy. “Staff Sergeant Vincent P. Marketta and Sergeant First Class Michael Goble. To them and to you I say thank you.”
Murphy singled out Union Township and Wall Township as having excelled in serving veterans as part of the state’s We Value Our Veterans program. He also directed remarks to all from the Garden State who have been in the military.
“Regardless of your rank, regardless of where or when you served, and regardless of where you grew up or lived,” Murphy said, “today you are all honored as members of the tight-knit family of warriors that is a proud part of our 9-million member-strong New Jersey family.”
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in Holmdel, is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Vietnam Era Museum at the site is closed because of the pandemic.