Van Nest Veteran’s Day Celebration

Van Nest Veteran’s Day Celebration

By Robert Press

The Thursday afternoon sunshine complimented the Van Nest Veteran’s Day event hosted by the East Bronx Historical Society and the Van Nest Neighborhood Alliance. Rich Vitacco of the East Bronx Historical Society opened this event giving the story of veterans day which began as a result of the treaty signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month ending World War One. The holiday was originally called Armistice Day until 1954 when it was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans of wars who returned home. 

Plaques for their service in the country’s conflicts were given to six veterans. Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, City Councilwoman Elect Marjorie Velazquez, VNNA President Bernadette Ferrera, and others spoke including Lieutenant Gerard Degate who honored former United State Secretary of State Colin Powell. 

Rich Vitacco of the East Bronx Historical Society opens the Van Nest Veteran’ Day event.

VNNA President Bernadette Ferrera spoke about growing up during the Vietnam War, and how wars continue as the years go by. 

Councilwoman Elect Marjorie Velazquez thanked the former servicemen, saying her uncle and several cousins served in various armed forces.

Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez said more must be done for our veterans.


The ceremony ended with the bugler playing TAPS for those veterans who have passed away since World War One.


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