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Union County Pays Tribute to POW/MIA Veterans with Flag Raising Ceremony

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites all residents and visitors to attend the annual commemoration of POW/MIA Remembrance Day on the steps of the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth on Friday, September 15, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

“We gather each year to raise the POW/MIA flag to remember those Americans throughout the history of our nation, who were prisoners of war and those who are missing in action and ensure they are never forgotten,” said Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “This day is a moment to pause and reflect on the personal sacrifices made by these men and women, as well as their families, and I ask that you join us in honoring these heroic individuals at this important flag raising.”

The ceremony features an introduction by Union County Manager Edward Oatman, and Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados as the master of ceremonies. An invocation will be led by Union County Commander, VFW Bobby Jeans.

This year’s guest speaker will be Colonel Dennis J. Dougherty, First Region President Emeritus at the Association of the United States Army. Colonel Dougherty retired a decorated veteran from his 31-year military career with the United States Army and the New Jersey Army National Guard in 2000. Concurrently, Col. Dougherty enjoyed a 39-year career as an educator in Union County before retiring in 2007. During his academic career, he also served as a mentor, supervisor, and notably, developed and implemented a Peer Leadership program to assist first year high school students in meeting the demands of high school.

“We especially encourage all veterans and their families to join us as we remember the bravest of the brave; our brothers and sisters of service that were lost, imprisoned, or never made it home,” said Commissioner Alexander Mirabella, Liaison to the Veteran’s Affairs Committee.

The presentation of colors will be performed by Honor Guards from the Union County Sheriff Office, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Elizabeth Police and Fire Honor Guard and the ceremony will include a rifle salute, TAPS and the singing of the National Anthem.

For more information, please call Geoff Smith with the Office of Veteran’s Services at 908-527-4918.