PHOTOS BY KATE ALBRIGHT

Montclair hosted its annual Veterans Day tribute on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., in Edgemont Memorial Park.

Mayor Robert Jackson was the Master of Ceremonies. This year’s event included remarks from Marine veteran Sergeant Brett D’Alessandro who is the founder and president of Backpacks for Life, an organization that provides help to homeless veterans.

Local musician Cecile Williams sang the national anthem. Glenfield Middle School students Ezra Siegarlet and Asha Giancastro spoke on the meaning of Veterans Day.

Rev. Melissa Hall, the Rector of St. James in Montclair, performed the invocation, benediction and blessed the wreaths.

Also attending were representatives from veterans organizations including the Crawford Crews American Legion Post 251, Lt. Vincent J. Russo American Legion Post 382, Disabled American Veterans and Daughters of the American Revolution Eagle Rock Chapter.

The Montclair Community band’s trumpeter Carl B. Witzig sounded “Taps.”

The Montclair Police and Fire Honor Guards opened the program with the Advance of Colors and concluded the ceremony with the Retirement of Colors.

VIDEO BY RICK GEARHART