TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Veterans Commission will be replacing this year’s annual Veterans Day Parade with a ceremony instead due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The 2020 Ocean County Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Veterans Day, November 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Protectors of Freedom sculpture, located in Bey Lea Park, 570 Bay Avenue in Toms River.
If inclement weather does occur, the ceremony will be moved inside the Toms River Municipal Building, 33 Washington Street, in the L. Manuel Hirshblond Meeting Room on the second floor.
The ceremony will show support and appreciation of military veterans, active military and their families. It will consist of guest speakers and honored guests, a military flyover, rifle salute and the placing of the wreath at the Protectors of Freedom sculpture.
“There are over 18 million veterans in the United States or about seven percent of the population who have served in our armed forces. Although we will not be able to gather for parades and large celebrations on this Veteran’s Day, we all need to pause and reflect on the service and dedication of our veterans who have defended our freedoms at home and around the world and those who ‘stand the watch’ today,” Mayor Maurice B. Hill said.
Anyone is allowed to attend the event. It is asked that all attendees wear face masks and maintain proper social distancing.