Town honors veterans on 100th anniversary of World War I ending

| 13 Nov 2018 | 02:03

By Don Webb
WEST MILFORD – The township marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at the war memorial on Union Valley Road Sunday.
The holiday this week began as the armistice was signed to end “the war to end all wars” on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year in 1918.
The holiday evolved into Veteran’s Day in 1938 where the country honors all those who have served the country in the military.
The Treaty of Versailles, officially ending the war, was not signed until June 28, 1919, but the holiday remained observed as the date when hostilities ended.
Approximately 60 people gathered on Sunday to commemorate the holiday and thank the local veterans that served the nation.
“It is an honor for me to show West Milford veterans the support they so richly, deserve,” Acting Mayor Tim Wagner said during the ceremony. “The sacrifices each one of them have made, the courage and dedication it takes to defend our great nation demands our upmost respect to all veterans and their families.”
Members of the American Legion post and VFW joined with Wagner in the ceremony.
Both commanders of the Veterans’ group stressed how important it is for people to show support to military veterans.
“Along with showing our veterans support it’s very important to remember to contact your elected government officials so veterans can receive the care and support they require,” Bill Johnson commander of the VFW said.
Residents George Durr and his mother Adele Durr wore identical shirts honoring William Durr, George’s father, and a former U.S. Army veteran.
Adele Durr was there also to honor her son, George, who is a retired Navy Veteran.
“It feels great that so many people came out to honor us veterans and are remembering the sacrifices it takes to be in the military,” he said.
Police Chief Tim Storbeck also attended the ceremony and addressed the attendees.
“It’s such a great honor to serve in a community that is so veteran friendly, these men and women deserve our support and thanks, not just today, but every day,” he said.
The ceremony ended with American Legion Commander Bob Allwood inviting everyone to the post for sandwiches, coffee, and cake.