Union County Freeholders Sergio Granados (2nd L), Bette Jane Kowalski (3rd L) and Vernell Wright (R) joined Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi (4th L) in thanking those who read at “Letters from the Front,” a memorial ceremony honoring Civil War veterans. The event was hosted by the Union County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth. The readers are (from left) poet Tom Plante, Janice Blank, Army veteran Vincent DeTrolio, Navy veteran Lester Sargent, Henry Bassman, commander of American Legion Lindsey-Street Post 322 in Summit, and Berley Hanna Jr., past-commander of American Legion Post 499 in Rahway. Janice Blank and County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, who is also the chairwoman of the committee, both read letters written by their relatives.
The County’s Civil War Exhibition is on display until 2015 in the rotunda of the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street in historic midtown Elizabeth. The exhibit may be viewed weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)