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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veterans Day Observance Friday

Nonegenarian veteran Donald Van Blake in a photograph
by Brian Branch Price, whose exhibit runs through November
at the Plainfield Public Library.

Plainfield officials will lead an observance of Veteran's Day on Friday (November 11), beginning at 10:30 AM in front of City Hall. The day's program was designed by Cornell Hawkins, Jr., commander of American Legion Post 219 and Mayor Mapp's Chief of Staff John D. Stewart, Jr.

After gathering in front of City Hall, a wreath will be placed at the War Memorial Floagpole at Watchung and East 7th Streets.

The rest of the observance will take place at the Veterans Memorial on the City Hall grounds.

The ceremony will include presenting the colors by the PBA Color Guard, remarks by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, and Lamar Mackson, First Vice Commander of American Legion Post 219, as well as Ms. Ashley Vazquez, a PHS student aspiring to join the military.

Musical renditions will include the National Anthem, sung by Ms. Alexis Morrast, a PAAAS student and "America the Beautiful" by Mrs. Wormley.

The ceremony will conclude with Taps, performed by Mr. Rajahn Fourshee, also a PAAAS student.

Residents are also invited to stop by the Plainfield Public Library throughout the month of November to view a photography exhibit on Plainfield veterans. {The photo at the top of this post is from the exhibit.)

The photographs are the work of Plainfield photographer Brian Branch Price. The photographs are the result of a project funded by a grant from the Plainfield Cultural & Heritage Commission in 2015.

The exhibit is in the main Reading Room of the Library, at Park Avenue and 8th Street. The Plainfield Public Library is an accessible facility. Parking availabe in the 8th and 9th Streets lots.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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