Honoring Veterans Who Served: Inspiration from Resilience

Honoring Veterans Who Served: Inspiration from Resilience

Photo: Stephen O’Byrne

Today the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF)  will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, NJ. Last year, I enjoyed the beautiful day as clear skies and the cool fall air set the stage for special guest Senator Cory Booker. Tears were shed as family and friends joined the Senator in paying tribute to their loved ones among a crowd of more than 1,000 guests.

The scene was one of thousands across the country on Veterans Day – emotional, authentic and patriotic. It’s impossible not to be touched by the voices heard on the day.

New Jersey’s Vietnam Era veterans continue to heal, 40 years later. They are resilient. They inspire us to go beyond our best, each and every day. To be kinder. To work harder. To be thankful.

I had not visited the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial or its adjacent Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center until the nonprofit became my client in May 2013. Today, my staff and I have the honor of learning history first-hand from the veterans and sharing their experiences with the press and a connected community on social media. It’s been an honor to serve them and give a voice to their service.

This Veterans Day, I hope you will please consider honoring those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces by sharing our recent press coverage on the NJVVMF.

Lest We Forget: The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial, New Jersey Monthly Magazine

Healing begins for two Marines reunited in Holmdel, NJ, The Star-Ledger, NJ.com

2 Vietnam veterans reunite after 48 Years, News12 New Jersey

Project aims to preserve the stories of lost heroes, My Central Jersey.com

Veterans Day, Styrk.com 


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Jennifer Smiga
Jennifer founded inBLOOM Communications to help brands bloom in a digital world. inBLOOM’s team of writers, designers, publicists and marketing specialists excel at converting followers to customers. inBLOOM’s clients benefit from Jennifer’s experience in donor relations, marketing, public relations and event production.

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