Veterans Day Ceremony
Mayor Lear’s Letter to the Community on Veterans Day 2020
Dear Friends & Neighbors:
Earlier this year we shared the disappointment of being unable to observe Memorial Day as we usually do because of the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given continuing concerns and the recent increases in the incidence of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, we must once again exercise necessary precautions and forego our traditional observations of Veterans Day.
While we can’t gather in person this year, we can honor our military veterans wherever we are, and wherever they are, on November 11, 2020. The veterans of all branches of service - Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard - and of all wars and times of peace are our heroes and heroines. They are our national treasures!
Let us remember our service men and women who dedicated themselves to our country and our people with prayers of thanksgiving. Remember those brave men and women who are no longer with us. Remember the prisoners of war and those lost in action who may never return. We grieve these losses and celebrate their lives. Remember our wounded warriors and pray for their improved health, strength and courage. Remember our service dogs who served as canine sentinels. Remember Gold and Blue Star families.
COVID-19’s unprecedented and widespread pandemic has disrupted important traditions but nothing can take away the bonds we have for the service men and women who dedicated their lives to protect our democracy, our way of life, and our families. Please be in touch with the veterans in your family and circle of friends to thank them for their service. They are all our patriots!
We extend warm regards to members of the VFW Post 386 and the American Legion Post 193 for whom Veterans Day has special meaning.
And a special shout-out to the Marines on their 245th birthday on 10 November. Semper Fi!
God bless us and God bless America!
Clarence “Chuck” Lear, Mayor
Mayor, City of Cape May, NJ