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Veterans Day 2023 Ceremony Salutes Vietnam Veterans

Nov 09, 2023
Saluting Our Vietnam Veterans Harrison NJ

Harrison Post 282 American Legion and Sergeant William Sawelson VFW Post 340 honored Veterans Day with a heartfelt observance that intertwined the town’s history with the nation’s gratitude. On November 3, 2023, the community gathered at the Harrison East Newark Elks Lodge at 6 p.m., in a ceremony orchestrated by Harrison Post 282 American Legion and Sergeant William Sawelson VFW Post 340, to pay homage to the valorous men and women who served in the armed forces.

The gathering was not far from the Harrison Veteran's Plaza, a sanctuary of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in major conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War. It's a contemplative space that reaffirms the community’s respect and indebtedness to those who fought for America’s liberties.

This year’s observance focused on honoring Vietnam Veterans including the gallantry of Harrison’s own Vietnam War heroes. Joseph P. Mobus, a 1st Cavalry Division soldier, demonstrated extraordinary valor in the Vietnam War and was commemorated for his service with distinctions such as the Purple Heart. Similarly, the town remembers Lance Corporal Donald B. Scott, a machine gunner with the 1st Marine Division, who was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart among other commendations for his sacrifice. Army Sergeant David Robertson, who served in the 4th Infantry Division, is also honored for his bravery and contributions, recognized with awards like the Combat Infantryman Badge.

In a touching tribute ten years ago, Mayor Raymond J. McDonough and the Town Council immortalized these heroes in its landscape. Hill Street was renamed Scott Mobus Place, a poignant memorial for both Joseph P. Mobus and Donald B. Scott, who grew up on this street. Furthermore, a commemorative plaque at Harrison High School celebrates Donald Scott's legacy, reminding students of his athletic prowess and his unwavering commitment to his nation.

These memorials, the ceremony, and the stories of these brave soldiers, like Joseph P. Mobus, Donald B. Scott, and David Robertson, reflect Harrison’s deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by its veterans. It also honors those who served and returned to continue their lives after their service.  The town ensures that the memory and service of these individuals will forever be remembered, honoring them not just on Veterans Day, but every day.

For more information on the Harrison Post 282 American Legion and the Sergeant William Sawelson VFW Post 340 please visit our prior article Harrison Post 282 American Legion and Sergeant William Sawelson VFW Post 340 Harrison Memorial Day Tribute.

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