The Bronx Honors Veterans on Memorial Day (w/ GALLERY)

All across the Bronx, community members are marking Memorial Day with ceremonies by honoring those who gave their lives in war.

At Peace Memorial Plaza, on the corner of Williamsbridge Road and Pelham Parkway, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj spoke about the meaning of Memorial Day. “I sat down with my kids and asked them, ‘What does Memorial Day mean?’. I told them that today is not only about celebrating but about the people who sacrificed their lives and their families.” He continued by saying, “There are still veterans’ struggling when they come home from war and we need to do more to help them.”

Councilman Ritchie Torres expressed similar sentiment at the Van Nest Memorial Park ceremony saying, “Take out some time today to remember those who have died for our freedoms.”

President of the East Bronx History Forum, Rich Vitacco shared stories of remembrance for Van Nest Veteran’s General James F. Collins and Seaman Arthur M. Moriondo. Community members were given flowers with the names of 33 veterans from World War I to the Vietnam War.

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