Sunday, April 28, 2024

Veterans Memorial Park

  On Saturday-27-April, the Borough of Bogota officially name the open space at W. Ft. Lee Rd. and River Rd. as Veterans Memorial Park. This location was the site of the 1642 Dutch settlement call the Achter Col Colony. After World War I a Memorial to those residents from Bogota who served in the war, with the four soldiers kill in action, was erected. This area was then called Firemen’s Park. In 2016 the Bogota Community Garden was added. In 2019 a clock was proposed to serve as a welcoming to the Borough from Ridgefield Park and Hackensack. As the covid pandemic grew then Bogota Mayor Mr. Christopher Kelemen suggested this new clock could serve to remember those Borough residents that succumbed to the virus.
  When the clock was installed this year Bogota Mayor Ms. Daniele Fede ask the Council if this area could be renamed. It was agreed that the new name should be Veterans Memorial Park to honor those residents who served in the Armed Forces, along with allowing other citizens of the Borough to be remembered.
  The ceremony started with Bag Piper Mr. Ron Phillps who led a trio of Veterans and the Bogota Police Color Guard toward the flagpole in front of the World War I Memorial. Mr. Matt Morrone and Mr. Eric Manziano raised the American Flag, with a flag to remember US Prisoners of War. When the flags reached the top of the pole, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. This was followed by Mr. John Burke Jr. who sang the National Anthem.
  Mayor Fede addressed those in attendance to talk about the history of the area and how the projects has improved the look of this part of Bogota. She was followed by Councilwoman Ms. Connie Carpenter who mentioned some of the project that are planned for the second phase of the park improvements.
  The Members of Council joined Mayor Fede in the unveiling of the new Veterans Memorial Park sign which faces the corner of River Rd. and W. Ft. Lee Rd. Then Mayor Fede again addressed the audience and asked who has served in the Military. When the Veterans raised their hands the Mayor, and others, applauded to thank them for their service. This was followed by a representative from Congressman Mr. Josh Gottheimer’s office who presented Mayor Fede a Certificate of Recognition for the Dedication of Veterans Memorial Park and its clock.
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